Adult Tooth Decay

According to the Dental Guide webpage, 5 percent of adults that are as young as 20 years old have lost all of their permanent teeth due to poor oral hygiene. With the improvement of dental science, the number of adults between the ages of 20 to 64 year who are suffering from tooth decay problems has gone down, but it is still a rather serious issue. A whopping 92 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have decay in their permanent adult teeth. 23 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 are walking around with at least one permanent tooth that has not been treated for decay. The minority groups of adults that have the most occurrences of tooth decay are African American adults and Hispanic adults. On average, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have at least three to four of their permanent teeth with moderate decay, and at least 10 to 13 teeth with more serious decay that may lead to tooth loss.
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