Posted by Bloomberg Businessweek on Wednesday, January 18, 2019 12:10:03In January, it was reported that the number of Americans with cavities, dental decay and other dental issues has increased over the last decade.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that last year alone there were 9.7 million cavities nationwide, up from 8.6 million in 2016.
This trend continued in 2017, when 7.4 million cavits were reported.
There are many reasons why Americans are having more cavities.
The rising incidence of cavities is being blamed on a variety of things, including:• Increasing use of high-fructose corn syrup and sugar-sweetened beverages• The rise in obesity, which has resulted in an increase in obesity-related medical conditions• The use of new technology that has made dental work more difficult, such as the dental crowns• Increased use of dental sealants in dental appliances, which are made of metal and may cause cavities to appear• A rise in dental insurance costs as people spend more money on care for their teeth than their other medical expenses.
As Bloomberg BusinessWeek reported, the number one cause of dental decay in 2017 was diet.
About 70 percent of Americans were obese in 2017.
More than half of Americans who have dental problems had a pre-existing condition that led to cavities in 2017 — with more than half, 59 percent, having an underlying health condition.• Tooth decay has become a serious public health concern because of the growing number of adults in the United States who have lost or have suffered a significant amount of tooth decay in their lifetime.• Many people with dental problems are taking preventive measures, including brushing and flossing regularly.• The National Institutes of Health recently released a report that concluded that children with a preadolescent age of 5 years and younger are more likely to have cavities than those who have a more normal age of 12 to 15 years.• Some people may be more susceptible to dental complications, such an overuse of dental enamel, due to age and poor dental hygiene.• There are also many people who suffer from other health conditions, such heart disease and diabetes.
The tooth bridge is a simple device designed to allow people to remove tooth decay from their teeth without harming the health of their teeth.
The tooth bridge has been in use in the U.S. for decades, and the U,S.
Department of Health and Human Services reported that more than 50 million Americans have used one.
According to Bloomberg, one-third of Americans use the tooth bridge every day, and over 30 percent of those who use the device have a preexisting condition.
There is no cure for dental decay, but there are some preventative measures that can help keep people’s teeth healthy.• Regular brushing is one of the most important preventive measures for people who have tooth decay.
The brushing method that helps prevent tooth decay may also be helpful for children and people who are diabetic.• Flossing can help to reduce dental plaque buildup.
Floss may be particularly effective for people with gingivitis, an inflammation that occurs in the mouth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.• A toothbrush with a suction cup can help people with gum disease, who are more prone to gum disease due to a lack of suction.