People of all ages throughout the world have untreated cavities. It is believed that 60% to 90% of school-aged children, and almost 100% of adults have 1 or even several. While some cavities may be just beginning to form, others may be well-advanced and the cause of considerable discomfort.
In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 83% of children between the ages of 2 and 17 were seen by a dentist. During the same year, 62% of adults between the ages of 18 and 64 were also seen by a dentist.
While it appears that more children than adults visited the dentist during 2014, this figure needs to be consistently 100%. When children and adults have poor oral health, it can adversely affect their physical and emotional health as well.
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