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ADA Statement: New CDC Report on Prevalence of Dental Disease

March 05, 2015

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   Robert Raible               Richard Green    
   (O) 202.789.5166        (O) 202.789.5170    
   (C) 240.478.5607         (C) 202.236.9990

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Statistics released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show promise in the fight against dental caries (cavities) in children 2-5 years old. When compared with published data from previous surveys, the new data show an increase in the percentage of these children who receive treatment when that disease does occur. Unfortunately, tooth decay rates in adolescents remain stagnant.

The preliminary numbers for young children are encouraging, but they reflect only the first two years of what will be a longer and more comprehensive survey, and we look forward to seeing a final report.  But even if the full study confirms a positive trend, the fact that dental decay still afflicts so many U.S. children is simply unacceptable.

While treating dental disease is critical, prevention is the ultimate answer. The dental profession is taking action to prevent and, ultimately, end untreated dental disease in America through Action for Dental Health (ADH).  ADH is a nationwide, community-based movement to provide care now to people already suffering with dental disease, strengthen and expand the public-private safety net, and bring dental health education and disease prevention into underserved communities.

Learn how Action for Dental Health is taking on untreated dental disease in America.

About the ADA

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 163,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit For more information on oral health, including prevention, care and treatment of dental disease, visit the ADA's consumer website