You attend every dental appointment. You practice excellent hygiene. In fact, you rarely have cavities. Do you ever wonder how you measure up against the rest of the United States or the world at large?
Here, Dr. John Goodman and our team in Kansas, City, MO explores oral health and dentistry statistics. In addition, we discuss some of the most common reasons for dental issues and explain how treatments in restorative dentistry can preserve your smile for years to come.
Most Americans Agree That Oral Health Is Important
In decades past, dental health seemed to take a backseat to oral health. But things are changing. According to a study conducted by the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute, most Americans stated that oral health is essential.
In fact, 95 percent of adults claimed that dental health directly correlates with whole-body health, while an overwhelming 80 percent stated that a healthy, bright smile is crucial for feeling self-assured and confident.
Good Intentions vs. Good Habits
There is a high volume of literature available regarding the importance of dental health. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that 85 percent of American adults believe that six-month cleanings are the key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Unfortunately, while 75 percent of adults planned to visit the dentist within one calendar year, only about 40 percent actually did.
Oral Healthcare Routines
In order to properly maintain your teeth and gums, you must brush and floss daily. Most dentists also recommend the use of an antibacterial mouthwash to help keep harmful microbes at bay.
In the United Kingdom, 42 percent of adults use only a toothbrush and toothpaste during their oral hygiene regimen. Under one-third of all adults use mouthwash, and less than one-fourth use dental floss.
Tooth Sensitivity is a Common Condition
Do you have sensitive teeth? If so, you are not alone. About 12 percent of individuals report some degree of tooth sensitivity. This condition typically occurs when enamel, the outmost layer of a tooth, wears thin.
A Reduction in Tooth Decay
Fortunately, the prevalence of tooth decay has decreased significantly over the past couple of decades. Since the Centers for Disease Control introduced access to fluoridated water, there has been a 30 to 50 percent decrease in dental caries.
Dental Costs Continue to Rise
In years past, the number one reason for avoiding the dentist was due to fear or anxiety. Today, nearly 60 percent of patients do not attend their routine dental visits because of high costs. Dental care costs are still on the rise. In fact, overall fees for dental procedures have increased as a whole compared to fees for medical treatments.
Over 50 Percent of Americans Have Dental Insurance
Approximately 64 percent of patients in the United States have dental insurance, although 80 percent of adults consider dental benefits important. As you might suspect, individuals with dental insurance are more likely to have healthy teeth and gums.
Contact Our Practice for More Information
If you want to avoid becoming a statistic, schedule a consultation at our practice today. Dr. Goodman and team can assess your oral health, identify existing concerns, and create a personalized treatment plan to address any issues. You can contact us online anytime or call our office at (816) 842-8585.