More than 20% of U.S. Kids Have Not Had Preventative Dental Care
In the United States, 54 million children had received preventative dental care in the last year, according to 2015–2016 data. This total represents 79% of kids nationwide.
Preventive dentistry is especially important for kids, whose teeth, mouth and gums are still developing. Treating cavities and abnormalities early — rather than waiting for dental problems to fully develop — saves patients time, pain and money, according to experts. Even more important: A healthy mouth helps children maintain better self-esteem, nutrition and overall health.
Children in Mississippi, Florida and Missouri are the least likely to have teeth in excellent or very good health (73%) while children in New Hampshire are most likely to have healthy teeth (88%).
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