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Facts on Dental

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Cavities are almost entirely preventable, yet dental caries, as they are called, are the most common disease among people aged 6 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 1

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Adults are far from immune to cavities: 9 out of 10 Americans over age 20 have tooth decay. 2

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Tooth decay can lead to serious health issues, like heart disease and respiratory illness, which can spread from untreated bacterial infections. 3

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Only 83 percent of children aged 2 to 17 saw a dentist last year. 4

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Oral exams can lead to diagnosis of underlying diseases like HIV and Epstein-Barr. 5

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Toothbrushes should be replaced every three months or after an incidence of cold or flu.6

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About 78 percent of Americans have had at least one cavity by age 17.7