The United States might be the most technologically advanced and economically developed country in the world, yet, according to the American Dental Association, 75 percent of American adults suffer from gum disease and do not even know it. Most likely your first reaction to the above statistic is one of disbelief. Then you are probably left wondering how this is possible in a country that spent more than 106 billion dollars on dental care during 2010.
While the large number of Americans with gum disease should be troubling enough, it is more disturbing that only 48 percent of incoming American kindergarten children visited a dentist during the previous year. What is the consequence of this dental neglect? Well, tooth decay now has become the most common preventable illness suffered by American children.
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