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Kids and Cavities: The Numbers Tell the Story


Kids and cavities: The Numbers Tell the Story

Number of children under age 19 in the United States  (2000) 76 million
Number of children with acute dental decay (2000) 4.5 million
Decline in untreated acute dental decay among children ages 6-18 years, 1974-94 77%
Number of low-income children in acute dental need 1 million
Percentage of low-income children with extensive dental disease 20%
Number of general dentists in the United States 152,000
Number of pediatric dentists in the United States 4,000
Percentage of Medicaid-eligible children who received even a single dental visit last year 18%
Percentage of total U.S. child health expenditures devoted to dental care in 1996 29%
Number if children with tooth decay-related swollen faces treated nightly in a big city emergency room 4

 

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