Oral Health is Improving
Americans have something new to smile about.
A government report released Thursday found that their oral health has significantly improved during the past decade.
Among the major findings: improvements since 1994 in the percentage of children and teens who have never had tooth decay in their permanent teeth; increased use of dental sealants (a thin plastic coating applied to the chewing surfaces of back teeth to prevent decay), and increased tooth retention among older adults.
“The good news is that efforts to reduce and prevent cavities and dental disease are paying off. We are seeing an increase in the number of children, teens and adults who have never had a cavity in their permanent teeth,” said Dr. William R. Maas, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of oral health, in a prepared statement.