Oral Health Facts

According to a 2006 report by the Brown County Oral Health Partnership:

  1. Dental cavities are the most common chronic childhood disease
  2. Untreated cavities in children can be associated with growth, learning and speech problems and can result in costly emergency room visits
  3. Twenty percent of the populations had 80 percent of the decay
  4. Among 5- to 7-year-olds, tooth decay is five times as common as a reported history of asthma and seven times as common as hay fever
  5. Despite progress in reducing tooth decay, individuals living below the poverty level experience more dental decay than who are economically better off
  6. In addition to poverty level, the proportion of teeth affected by tooth decay varies by age and race/ethnicity