7 Shocking Dental Statistics

7 Shocking Dental Statistics

We want to see you for regular checkups and cleanings — and we hope that’s all we need to see you for. In a perfect world, all our patients would brush at least twice a day, floss daily, eat healthy diets, and drink mostly water. Unfortunately, most of us are falling short of this ideal.

But we’re here to help. Read these statistics; maybe they’ll inspire you to grab your toothbrush. Surprising Statistics About Oral Hygiene

One in five American adults has not seen a dentist recently. Although 52 percent of adults are visiting their dentists every six months, one in five hasn’t been to the dentist in the last few years. Men are less likely than women to see their dentists for regular preventive care. And according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 23 percent of children age 2–11 have never been to the dentist.

Kids should have their first dentist appointment by their first birthday, or when their first tooth appears.

A whopping 92 percent of adults have had cavities at some point in their lives. One-quarter of adults have untreated tooth decay right now, and 47 percent of adults have untreated periodontal disease—the leading cause of tooth loss.

42 percent of children age 2–11 have had cavities in their primary teeth. And sadly, 23 percent of them have untreated cavities. Over 86 percent of children will have tooth decay in at least one tooth by age 17. Although tooth decay in children declined from the 70s to the mid-90s, it is now on the rise again, and in even younger children. This is likely due to increased sugar consumption — not just in candy, soda, and sweets but also in “energy” or “sports” drinks, which have tons of sugar. Water is always the best choice!

Supervise young children while they brush and floss in order to teach them good dental hygiene and help prevent tooth decay. If kids need extra help (or think they’re fun), electric toothbrushes contribute to longer, more thorough brushing. Also, consider sealants for your child’s molars — they reduce the risk of cavities by 80 percent.

One-third of adults never floss their teeth. Did you see a news article a couple of years ago that declared that flossing doesn’t actually do anything for your oral health? It just isn’t true! Have you seen what comes out of your mouth when you floss? Remember, you only need to floss the teeth you want to keep!

The flossing statistics take an uneven split along gender lines. Men are less likely to floss than women, with 39 percent of men reporting that they never floss versus 27 percent of women.

About a third of Americans don’t brush their teeth at least twice per day. As with flossing, the ladies are ahead on this one. Although 57 percent of women brush their teeth at least twice per day, only 49 percent of men do. And 23 percent of Americans have gone two or more days without brushing in the last year. Ew!

One-third of Americans (mostly women) have made their partners brush their teeth before kissing. Well, there’s another reason to maintain good oral health!

Men are more likely to develop gum disease than women. Possibly related to the brushing and flossing statistics above, about one-fifth of women ages 30–54 have gum disease, whereas one-third of men in the same age group have it.


If you don’t want to become a statistic, please:

Brush at least twice a day,

Floss once a day,

Cleaning teeth every a few months,

See your dentist regularly, not just after something has gone wrong. Not only will dentists help you get your teeth shiny-clean, but regular visits allow them to spot problems while they’re small and easy to fix, before they become big problems.

What Percentage of Americans Make Their Partner Brush Before Kissing?

What Percentage of Americans Make Their Partner Brush Before Kissing?

The common advice when you brush your teeth is to spend a minimum of two minutes brushing.

How do you compare to what is recommended?

how do you compare with the national average?

And what about that kissing question – Do you know the answer?

The Results Are Here:

Most Americans do it twice a day – once at bedtime and once after getting up in the morning – for an average of one minute and fifty-two seconds. These are some of the findings on tooth brushing from a recent national survey by Delta Dental .

Nearly seven of 10 Americans (69 percent) brush their teeth at least twice a day, the amount recommended by the American Dental Association and other dental health professionals. However, that means more than 30 percent of Americans aren’t brushing enough.

On average, Americans brush for just under the two minutes recommended by dental professionals. African Americans brush 18 seconds longer than Americans as a whole, while younger adults ages 18 to 24 spend 16 seconds longer than average brushing.

Nearly six of 10 Americans brush their teeth at bedtime and as soon as they wake up in the morning, while 38 percent brush after breakfast. About 17 percent brush after lunch, and 21 percent brush after dinner

According to the Delta Dental survey, 91 percent of Americans brush most frequently at home in their bathrooms over the sink. However, about 4 percent say they most frequently brush in the shower. Americans ages 18 to 44 are twice as likely to brush in the shower.

Brushing Habits Linked with Oral Health

 Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste is key to good oral health. In fact, according to the Delta Dental survey, people who brush at least twice a day are 22 percent more likely to describe their oral health as good or better compared with those who brush less frequently.

Unfortunately, 23 percent of Americans have gone two or more days without brushing their teeth in the past year. Nearly 37 percent of adults ages 18 to 24 have gone that long without brushing.

Flossing is another area that could use some improvement. Only four of 10 Americans ( 41 percent) floss at least once a day, and 20 percent never floss. The survey showed a strong relationship between flossing daily and reporting good oral health.

Brush First, Please

Through one of the lighter topics addressed in the survey, Delta Dental found that one-third of Americans (33 percent) have made their partners brush their teeth before a kiss. Men were less likely to require brushing before kissing – one of the activities made possible by good oral health.


SOURCE: Delta Dental

Top 5 Excuses Americans Make to Avoid the Dentist

Top 5 Excuses Americans Make to Avoid the Dentist

Top five excuses Americans make to avoid or delay the dentist

  • It’s too expensive
  • Nothing hurts so there’s no need to go
  • My insurance may not cover it
  • I can’t take time out of work
  • I have more important things to do

Top 10 reasons Americans avoid the dentist

Top 10 reasons Americans avoid the dentist


Top 10 reasons Americans avoid the dentist

  • Fear of painful treatment
  • Fear of pain after treatment
  • Noise of the dental drill
  • Negative past experiences
  • That the anesthetic won’t work
  • Dental instruments
  • Gag easily
  • Afraid of being poked with a sharp object
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Embarrassment due to oral hygiene

Millennials are terrible at keeping their teeth clean

Millennials are terrible at keeping their teeth clean


For some millennials, morning breath may last for more than just the morning.

That’s because, according to new research, many young Americans are failing to regularly clean their teeth.

A new study into the dental hygiene habits of 2,000 Americans found three in ten millennials studied only brush their teeth once a day.

Results also showed the average millennial surveyed has gone more than two days at a time without brushing their teeth at least once.

Despite some less than squeaky clean hygiene habits, over half of those polled (56 percent) are worried about losing teeth due to their oral health.

But that isn’t helped by avoiding the dentist, which still happens frequently. Nearly a quarter (22 percent) have even avoided going to the dentist simply because they don’t like the taste of the products used.

The research commissioned by Hello Products, a naturally friendly oral care start-up, also revealed it’s not just the taste that has people avoiding the dentist.

Six in 10 (62 percent) American adults are too afraid to visit the dentist, with millennials more likely to be afraid of the dentist than any other age group.

More people are afraid of going in for a dental appointment (62 percent) than they would be if going in to see a neurologist (9 percent) or a surgeon (26 percent).

In fact, many would rather face their fears of public speaking than take a seat in the dentist’s chair.

The study examining the oral health care routines of 2,000 people found many still harbor a fear of the dentist’s chair they’ve held since childhood.

For 36 percent of survey respondents, the fear of the dentist began at the age of 10 or even earlier – with age 15 being the average time in life for the fear to first kick in.

If given the choice, one in three would rather do a whole day at work than undergo a dental procedure. Other scenarios included going without sex for a month (33 percent) or speaking in front of a crowd of more than 50 people (19 percent).

Only 23 percent of respondents 55 and older are very uncomfortable visiting the dentist, while 27 percent of millennials are.

The scariest thing people associate with the dentist is the fear of painful treatment (74 percent), fear of pain after treatment (47 percent) and noise of the dental drill (34 percent), followed by negative past experiences (29 percent) and worry that the anaesthetic won’t work (25 percent).

The results of the survey show millennials are more likely to have made excuses in order to not visit the dentist (50 percent) than people 55 and older (36 percent).

“It’s crucial to take the right steps every day to maintain a healthy mouth,” says Craig Dubitsky, founder of Hello Products. “This involves using effective oral care products, as well as being mindful of your daily habits. While most of us know that professional dental care is important for our overall health, visiting the dentist can still be a nerve-wracking experience for some, and we totally get that! Our mission is to create the most effective and beautiful products in the friendliest way possible that makes brushing fun for the entire family.”

Survey respondents are attempting to get over the fear, however, with the results revealing that their fear of the dentist has decreased over time. In fact, fear of visiting the dentist has gotten better for 44 percent of respondents.

The survey showed that 50 percent of people wish the cost of oral care products was better, followed by the effectiveness (40 percent) and the taste (33 percent).

“Going to the dentist has many advantages aside from ensuring you have pearly whites and bad breath prevention,” says California based dentist, Dr. Lawrence Fung, DDS, founder of Silicon Beach Dental. “Research has shown that there are many linkages to oral health and your overall health.”

“While going to the dentist can be scary, some of the ways you can help alleviate those feelings is by seeking a dentist who truly places a high emphasis on creating a welcoming environment to make you feel comfortable. When seeking a dentist, be sure to take a look at their bios and have an office tour to see if the place is welcoming.”

“Toothpaste flavor is very important in creating good oral health habits (which include regular checkups) for patients. If you can empower the patient to take back control of their oral health, it makes it more likely for them to go in. In our practice, we provide Hello Toothpaste to all of our new and existing patients because we love their mission statement, the ingredients used, the fun flavors and even more fun packaging. Hello Toothpaste has made brushing fun again, for all ages and in our practice we are happy to do whatever, invest in whatever is needed to help encourage our patients to brush more and take better care of their oral health.”