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The Need for Dental Care and Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are some 500 million dental visits each year in the United States at a cost of some $50 billion. However, there are still many adults and children who suffer from oral diseases that could be prevented. Here is another startling fact: an estimated 30,000 Americans are diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancers each year, resulting in more than 8,000 deaths. Many of these deaths can be prevented with regular dental exams. Also, nearly 20 percent of preschoolers suffer needlessly from tooth decay. Proper preventive care – regular check-ups, brushing, flossing, fluoridation and dental sealants – can significantly reduce these risks and the suffering that comes with them.