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Dental statistics

Oral Health Statistics (2007-2009) from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) - Statistics Canada, Health Canada, Department of National Defence

WHO'S GOT COVERAGE
62% Have private dental insurance
6% have public insurance
32% have no dental insurance

VISITING A DENTAL PROFESSIONAL
74% have seen a dental professional in the last year.
17% avoided visiting a dental professional in the last year because of the cost.
16% avoided having the full range of recommended treatment due to the cost in the last year.

NEEDING TREATMENT
34% of Canadians ages 6-79 years of age (who have teeth) had some sort of treatment need identified by the dentists.

TIME LOST
About 2.26 million school-days and 4.15 million working-days are lost every year due to dental visits or dental sick-days.

CAVITIES
57% of 6-11 year olds have or have had a cavity.
59% of 12-19 year olds have or have had a cavity.
The average number of teeth affected by decay in children aged 6-11 and 12-19 year olds is 2.5.
Although cavities are largely preventable, 96% of adults have a history of cavities.
6% of adult Canadians no longer have any natural teeth.
21% of adults with teeth have, or have had, a moderate or a severe gum problem.

TAKING CARE OF THOSE PEARLY WHITES
73% of Canadians brush twice a day
28% floss at least 5 times a week

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