Stats Beyond ERA or RBIs

 Periodontitis Nashua, NH Now that we’re in April and baseball season has started, it’s a good time for some statistics. After all, baseball is nothing if not a statistician’s playground.

At Kalil & Kress, we like statistics, too, but more of the dental variety. So, how about we go through some national statistics from the American Dental Association. It may not be statistics like in Moneyball, but we find them interesting and hope you do too.

How often do people visit their dentist?

We try and keep our patients coming in every six months at Kalil & Kress. This is about the time it takes for tartar to start building up in the typical places in the mouth. At six months we can remove it before it starts moving under the gumline.

So, how many people adhere to those guidelines? The ADA says that in 2014, 52.3% of adults visited their dentist every six months. 15.4% visited once a year, and 11% visited every two to three years. Believe it or not, 21.3% said they had not visited the dentist in the last five years. Hello gum disease!

Why do people avoid the dentist?

The top reasons people gave for avoiding the dentist were cost, fear of the dentist (how can you be afraid of Drs. Kalil and Kress?!), inability to find a convenient location or a convenient appointment time (that sounds shaky).

How many people have untreated caries/decay in the U.S.?

Between 2011-2014, an estimated 18.2% of children ages 5-18 had untreated decay. For adults ages 19-64 this rose to over a quarter, 26.5%. And 16.7% of seniors over 65 reported untreated caries/cavities. Ouch. Hello root canal!

How many people have untreated gum disease in the U.S.?

The ADA estimates that over 47% of adults over the age of 30 have untreated periodontal disease. Hello dentures!

If you’re reading our blog, you’re probably not one of these delinquent dental statistics. It’s a shame that people do avoid the dentist, because most serious dental problems — things like gum disease and tooth loss — never have to happen. Just keeping up your regular six-month exams and professional cleanings would allow us to catch any problems early on, before they become big problems.

Is it time to schedule your next exam and cleaning? Call us at (603) 880-7004 to make your appointment.

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