Tooth decay remains the most prevalent chronic disease in American adults, even though it is largely preventable. According to the results of the latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 92% of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had dental caries or “cavities” in their permanent teeth. Surprisingly, adults living in families with higher incomes and more education have had more dental caries than other less affluent groups.
Even more concerning is the fact that 23% of American adults of the same age have untreated tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to serious dental issues including the loss of permanent teeth.
Tooth decay can be prevented by getting regular dental cleanings and check-ups and by flossing and brushing your teeth everyday. Flossing and brushing regularly can help to prevent tooth decay from occurring in the first place. Regular dental check-ups can help to identify and treat tooth decay early before it can lead to more serious issues including tooth loss.
Even with preventative measures, tooth loss does occur in many adults. Patients with tooth loss deal with pain, embarrassment and an inability to chew and properly digest certain foods. This negatively affects their overall health and their quality of life. For these patients, dental implants provide a permanent tooth replacement option that enables them to have replacement teeth that look, feel and function like natural teeth. For more information regarding tooth replacement options including dental implants, please contact an Oral Surgeon.