A healthy smile is a good measure of overall health.
Eight out of ten Americans consider dental health important to their overall health. These statistics may explain why:
According to the National Institute of Health, every dollar spent on preventive dental care saves four dollars in restorative dental care.
Many medical conditions are first identified during a dental exam, including 52% of oral cancers, 28% of bulimia cases and 26% of diabetes cases (Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals and Institute of Medicine).
Oral cancer is more common than leukemia and the following cancers: ovarian, thyroid, kidney, pancreatic and esophageal. It also has a higher mortality rate than these diseases because it is rarely diagnosed in the early stages (Oral Health in America).
Three out of four Americans have some form of gum disease, according to the Oral Health Report. Left untreated, it can create serious health conditions that lead to missed work, high medical bills and even death.
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