A new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics has revealed that more than 25% American adults between 20 to 64 years of age have untreated tooth decay. The latest data on tooth decay and cavities among American adults also reveal that 91% of all American adults have one or more tooth which either needs treatment or has already been treated.
Along with the findings, it can be easily seen that the number of Americans with tooth decay and tooth loss problems has gradually decreased since the 1960s. However, there is still a need for improvement in the oral health of all American adults.
The data revealed that 1 out of 5 American adults ages 65 and above have untreated tooth decay. While the Americans between 20 to 39 years of age were twice as possible to have all their teeth when compared to those between 40 to 64 years of age.
The current report puts a light on the data and figures related to the oral health of American adults only. However, children and teens can also have cavities. It is a preventable disease, but tooth decay is four times more common than asthma in teenagers. Also, tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases amongst children and adolescents these days.