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Report: Surprisingly Low Rate of Adults Seek Dental Care

Posted on May 23, 2012

 

HOUSTON, TX, May 23, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Wall Street Journal's MarketWatch.com reports that an astounding 40% of adults fail to undergo annual dental examinations, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). In response, Design Dental Group, which provides a variety of treatments and dental services to a diverse clientele, is urging its patients to continue to receive annual dental check-ups and encourage their friends and family to do the same.

The aforementioned report asserts that the majority of adults has gum disease and is not aware of this ill health: "According to the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA), nearly 75% of American adults are suffering from various forms of gum disease and are unaware of their condition."

Gum disease can prove extremely dangerous, as the article describes it as causing "other undetected oral hygiene concerns," including tooth loss. While some of these missed appointments are attributed to a phobia of dental care, there are several other causes of skipped dental appointments. For example, patients may skip a dental exam due to financial concerns, a lack of dental insurance, or the inability to fit an exam into a busy work schedule.

No matter why individuals miss their annual examinations, the fact remains that they are passing up an important healthcare service by refraining from scheduling regular check-ups. The consequences of gum disease are many. Aside from tooth decay, tooth loss, and other oral complications, gum disease is linked to heart health. Although the exact nature of the relationship between these two parts of the body is, as of yet, undetermined, research indicates that gum disease and heart disease are connected.

"It is extremely important for young adults to seek dental care, because oral health affects systemic health," commented Dr. Melanie T. Bibb, leader of Design Dental Group.