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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