- Each year nearly 20 million Americans who see their dentist do Not see a physician.
- The average physician visit lasts between 10 and 20 minutes, giving patients much less time with health care providers than dentists.
- Patients should visit the dentist twice a year, at least, but often see a physician once a year or less
- Approximately 78% of the adult U.S. population has peridontal disease.
- Less than 3% of those with periodontal disease receive treatment.
- Health care costs are 21% higher for patients with severe periodontal disease than those with no periodontal disease.
- Periodontal disease is linked to the following health conditions:
Pancreatic cancer causes 38,000 deaths each year.
Coronary artery disease contributes to 445,000 deaths each year.
Diabetes contributes to 230,000 deaths each year.
- 36,000 new cases of oral cancer are diagnosed each year.
- Only half the people diagnosed with oral cancer are alive in 5 years.
- One person dies every hour from oral cancer.
- When discovered in early stages, the oral cancer survival rate leaps to 80%-90%.
- When surveyed, only 15% of patients who went to the dentist reported receiving an oral cancer exam.
- More than 20 million people in the United States are infected HPV and there are approximately 6 million new cases each year.
- Studies suggest that 15%-25% of oropharyngeal cancer cases are associated with HPV16.
- 50-70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders.
- Reducing sleep from 7 hours to 5 doubles the risk of cardiovascular death.
- An estimated 18 million Americans have obstructive sleep apnea.
- 80%-90% of sleep apnea suffers remain undiagnosed and untreated.
- Moderate sleep apnea increases the risk of death by 17%. Severe sleep apnea increases the risk of death by up to 46%.
- Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women.
- Forgetting to brush twice a day raises your risk of heart disease by 70%.
- Men and women with periodontal disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without.
- Periodontal disease can exacerbate existing heart conditions.
- Diabetes contributes to approximately 230,000 deaths each year.
- 95% of Americans with diabetes have periodontal disease.
- Periodontal disease makes it more difficult for diabetics to control their blood sugars, which can lead to health complications.
- Not only are diabetics more likely to have periodontal disease, but periodontal patients are also more likely to develop diabetes.