Although this is somewhat preventable, 96% of Canadian adults have or have had cavities. This subject crossed my mind last night as I noshed on a few treats waiting for more kids to Trick or Treat. Some of what I found in this article was surprising to me. That almost all of us have had or have a cavity and that only 73% of us brush twice daily. Something to ponder as I enjoy yet another mini chocolate bar.
57% of 6-11 year olds have or have had a cavity.
59% of 12-19 year olds have or have had a cavity.
The average number of teeth affected by decay in children aged 6-11 and 12-19 year olds is 2.5.
Although cavities are largely preventable, 96% of adults have a history of cavities.
6% of adult Canadians no longer have any natural teeth.
21% of adults with teeth have, or have had, a moderate or a severe periodontal (gum) problem.
73% of Canadians brush twice a day
28% floss at least 5 times a week
32% of children aged 6-11 have one or more sealants.
The average number of teeth that were sealed in children aged 6-11 years old age is 2.88.
The average number of teeth that were sealed in adolescents (12-19 years of age) is 3.51.
Sealants were found in 51% of adolescents (12- 19 years of age).