Dentistry’s Greatest Challenges

30 percent of adults worldwide, aged 65 to 74, have no natural teeth. Daily sugar intake in the US averages 166 grams (versus the recommended 25 grams). We visualize these surprising facts and more.

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October 19, 2016

Findings from various organizations help give an assessment of the state of oral health, both in the U.S. and around the world. When viewed graphically, the issues that most impact oral health can be quickly identified. This brief selection of data pinpoints some of these problem areas.

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Credit: LUCY READING-IKKANDA; Sources (alphabetical): American Dental Association,, The Global Oral Cancer Forum, Journal of Dental Research, Kaiser Health News, National Children’s Oral Health Foundation, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention