The Most Frightening Dental Stats to Keep You Up at Night

October 13, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — wdentalfresno @ 2:15 pm
A girl afraid of these scary oral health statistics

Were you planning on sleeping tonight, warm and safe in your bed? Then you should probably turn away and read no further. The contents of this blog are not for the faint of heart. The world of dentistry is full to the brim with frightening details and oral health statistics that will keep you up at night.

If you are courageous and eager to learn, continue reading. Here you’ll find the scariest dental statistics around. 

45 Percent of the World’s Population Suffers from Oral Disease

According to a global study by the World Health Organization, 3.5 billion people in 194 countries suffer from oral disease. The scariest part? Most of these diseases are preventable with the right treatment and a little oral care. However, the fact remains that many people in lower-income countries and several areas in the US don’t have access to these means.

Over 90 Percent of Adults Have Cavities

Take your flashlight and look around the dark room at the other adults. They may seem normal, but you’ll find that most of them are already infected. Cavities have stricken most of the adult population of the US. Processed foods and added sugar in the American diet may be to blame for the rise in cavities.

A good oral routine of brushing twice a day will help prevent the affliction. However, if it grows to eat away at your tooth, you’ll need the help of a professional dentist.

70 Percent of Seniors Have Some Form of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a menace to the senior population, affecting over 70 percent of them. It starts with the silent introduction of bacteria into the gums from plaque. Then it progresses to gingivitis, causing your gums to bleed and the tissues around your teeth to turn red.

Pretty soon, it’s full-blown periodontitis. Red, puffy, aching gums that may cause your teeth to fall out if left untreated. With the disease so prolific, it’s no wonder that one in four seniors is missing all their teeth!

It’s not too late. Now that you have this terrible burden of knowledge, you must use it to do good. Spread awareness of oral health to your family and friends. Brushing and flossing every day can help prevent disease and lower the chances of a cavity. If you need help, seek out your dentist. They have the knowledge and skills to keep your smile safe.

About the Author

Dr. Jake Weissich is a friendly and professional dentist with a passion for helping his patients get out of pain. He received his dental doctorate from the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and spent the next year training in different fields of dentistry from surgery to cosmetic restorations. Since then, he has devoted much of his time to continuing his education and serving patients. To schedule an appointment, call (559) 431-9104 or visit the website to explore other services.

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