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A new government report states that more than one in every five Americans has untreated cavities.

Some believe the reason untreated cavities haven’t decreased over the past decade is that more people are on Medicaid, and many states have eliminated dental benefits.

The spokesperson for the American Dental Association, Dr. Lindsay Robinson, stated that there needs to be more investment in dental care to cover those who rely on Medicaid. Only 2% of Medicaid dollars go to dental care, but in private health care systems it is triple that amount.

The report discovered that 20% of children aged 5-11 had untreated cavities and 13% of 12-19-year-olds had untreated cavities. The 20-44-year-olds had the highest rate at 25%.

You and your family don’t have to be part of these statistics. The best way to prevent cavities is to:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste
  • Floss daily
  • Reduce your intake of sugar-loaded drinks and sweets
  • Schedule a bi-annual dental check-up and professional teeth cleaning
  • Receive dental sealants to prevent molars from getting cavities

If you would like to learn more about preventing tooth decay and scheduling an appointment for a teeth cleaning, >contact Lakeway Center for Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today.