Our dental health has an impact on our overall health, and neglecting one has a negative impact on the other.

Did you know every year children miss 51 million school hours due to dental related illness? Kids who have pain from untreated cavities can’t eat or sleep properly, or concentrate in school.

Nearly 50 percent of adults age 30 and older have some form of gum disease. The ADA wants everyone to realize that oral health is an important part of overall health. Oral conditions such as cavities and gum disease, and other oral infections and conditions share common risk factors with four chronic diseases—cancer, cardiovascular, respiratory and diabetes. Some oral conditions and infections can increase the risk for all four of these non-communicable diseases.

Be proactive

"Many people believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but that’s not true."

If you are experiencing persistent dental pain such as a toothache, bleeding gums, or mouth sores that don’t heal, don’t put off seeing a dentist. The good news is that America has made great progress, with each generation enjoying better dental health than the one before, but there’s still a dangerous divide in America between those with good dental health and those without.

The ADA wants to close that divide. In May of this year, the ADA launched “Action for Dental Health: Dentists Making a Difference,” a nationwide campaign aimed at reducing the numbers of adults and children with untreated dental disease.

It starts at home

Many people believe that they need to see a dentist only if they are in pain or think something is wrong, but that’s not true. Regular dental visits can contribute to a lifetime of good dental health because they help your dentist prevent problems, and spot them earlier, when they are easier to treat.  In addition, please remember that the use of tobacco can significantly increase the risk of oral disease.

We believe the key to maintaining dental health for both children and adults starts at home. Make oral health a priority in your family. Always brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste for two minutes twice a day; floss every day; eat a healthy diet; and visit a dentist regularly.