Dental Facts to Smile About

The Tooth Fairy pays, on average, $2 per tooth (Money Magazine).

Folks think Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts own the greatest looking teeth of Hollywood actors.

According to the American Academy of Periodontology:

50% consider the smile the first facial feature they notice

80% are not happy with their smile

People are 7 times more likely to have periodontal, smile enhancement procedures, than facelifts

32% of Americans cite bad breath as the least attractive trait of their co-workers.

73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss.

60% of people are unaware that a sore jaw, when combined with chest pain, can signal a heart attack-especially in women.

38.5 = the total days an average American spends brushing teeth over a lifetime.

Dentists have recommended that a toothbrush be kept at least six feet away from a toilet to avoid airborne particles resulting from the flush.

A toothpick is the object most often choked on by Americans.

Every year, kids in North America spend close to half a billion dollars on chewing gum

The number of cavities in the average mouth is down, and people are keeping their teeth longer.   People, on average, have healthier mouths than even 10 years ago. Specifically:

The decline in tooth decay was greatest among kids but holds across every age group.

Only 40% of young people age 6 to 19 had ever in their lives had cavities. That’s down from 50% a decade ago.

Over the last ten years the proportion of people age 60 who’d lost all their teeth had decreased from 33% to 25%.

Use of dental sealants, which block tooth decay on the chewing surfaces of kids’ vulnerable molars, was up 64%. 30% of kids had had at least one sealed tooth.

Adults with post-high-school degrees had an average of three more teeth than those without a high school diploma.

Smokers remain three times more likely than non-smokers to lose all their teeth. This figure has not changed from a decade ago.

No laughing matter: According to the Center for Disease Control and the American Dental Association, socio-economic status plays a definite role in one’s general and dental health.... 33% of low-income adults have untreated decay. This compared with 16% of middle- and higher-income adults. 19% of kids living in poverty have untreated decay compared with 8% of wealthier kids.

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