Surprising dental statistics

Your dental habits are vital for maintaining a healthy smile, but did you know that there are some surprising statistics that can make the journey to oral health and wellness more important than ever? Dr. Lindsey Marshall and her team believe in providing the best possible care.

But first, here are some surprising dental statistics you may not be aware of!

  • 40% of children under the age of three have never seen a dentist. To build the proper foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, it is critical that young children see the dentist. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises patients to bring children in no later than their first birthday, or as soon as the first tooth erupts.
  • Approximately 42% of adult patients visit the dentist less than once a year. The American Dental Association recommends visiting a dentist every six months for a full examination and a professional dental cleaning. Many adult patients do not take this proactive approach to good oral health and wellness, which is of great concern in regards to the development of cavities and periodontal disease.
  • About 6 out of 10 children in high impact sports wear mouth guards to protect their smile. It is important that certain sports that include contact and collision require children to wear mouthguards to protect the teeth and gums. Some of these sports include hockey, soccer, and basketball, just to name a few.
  • 75% of “millennials” brush their teeth only once a day. Brushing and flossing the teeth at least twice a day is recommended by the American Dental Association, and noncompliance can significantly increase  a patient’s risk of developing disease or tooth decay over time.
  • Approximately one fourth of adults between the ages of 20 and 44 have untreated tooth decay. This statistic from the CDC shows how significant dental decay can be, and how many patients leave this problem unaddressed for months, sometimes years, before acting.

Are you ready to take charge of your dental health?

Dr. Lindsey Marshall and her team in Ardmore, PA are here to help you get on the way to a healthier smile! Call the office at (610) 649-0696 to request an appointment. The office is conveniently located at 32 Parking Plaza, Suite #800 in Suburban Square and accepts new patients.

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