Fun dental facts

October is dental hygiene awareness month!  In celebration, here are some fun dental facts:

The first toothbrush with bristles was invented in China in 1498!  Bristles from hogs, horses, and badgers were used.

Americans buy 14 million gallons of toothpaste a year!

25% of adults do not brush the recommended two times per day.

91% of people have had at least one cavity.

84% of children and 64% of adults visit their dentist at least once a year.

People who don’t have dental insurance are 66% less less likely to visit a dentist.  In the United States, 40% of people do not have dental insurance.

Of people who HAVE dental coverage, only 70% of the costs of dental care are covered on average. The rest is out-of-pocket.

People who drink 3 more more glasses of soda or sugary drinks a day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings, and tooth loss.

Medicare offers no dental coverage.

The average dentist makes $173,000 a year.  The average dental hygienist salary is $72,000.

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