We finally have some good news to report about oral health in the US!
There is a lot of good news and some not-so-good news about the oral health of the nation, according to a report released last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
According to a report from the CDC, there have been significant improvements in oral health for Americans of all ages since they began tracking it in 1988.
- More seniors are keeping their natural teeth
- Moderate to severe periodontitis among adults has decreased significantly
- Use of dental sealants in youths ages 6-19 years has increased
- Tooth decay in school-age children has declined
- Children from low-income families appear to be getting more dental treatment
These are all high points and cause for celebration for those of us in the dental industry.
Yet the report, based on data from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, which represents the most comprehensive assessment of oral health data available for the U.S. population to date, reconfirms economic and racial/ethnic disparities in oral health persist.
- 31% of Mexican American children aged 6-11 years have experienced decay in their permanent teeth compared to 19% of non-Hispanic white children.
- 12% of children aged 6-11 from families that live below the poverty line had untreated decay, compared to 4% in families with income above the poverty line.
“This report shows that while we are continuing to make strides in prevention of tooth decay, this disease clearly remains a problem for some racial and ethnic groups, many of whom have more treated and untreated tooth decay compared with other groups,” said Dr. Bruce A. Dye, a NCHS dentist and the report’s lead author. (© 2017 American Dental Association)
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