Morning Rounds: What you need to know about dental health

Posted at 10:33 AM, Oct 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-31 12:33:30-04

MISSOULA – We answer your medical questions every Wednesday on Montana This Morning during our Morning Rounds segment.

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Dr. Blair Davison breaks down what you need to know about why dental health is an important issue during the October 31 edition of Morning Rounds.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about dental health on their website including the following:

Oral diseases—which range from cavities to gum disease to oral cancer—cause pain and disability for millions of Americans. They also cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year.

Cavities (also called tooth decay) are one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. By age 34, more than 80% of people have had at least one cavity. More than 40% of adults have felt pain in their mouth in the last year. On average, the nation spends more than $124 billion a year on costs related to dental care. More than $6 billion of productivity is lost each year because people miss work to get dental care.

Oral health has been linked with other chronic diseases, like diabetes and heart disease. It is also linked with risk behaviors like using tobacco and eating and drinking foods and beverages high in sugar.

Public health strategies such as community water fluoridation and school dental sealant programs have been proven to save money and prevent cavities.