1.8 Billion Spent on Toothpaste While Tooth Decay Rates Continue to Climb
A new report has revealed some interesting statics related to dental health and the amount of money spent on dental hygiene products. Studies estimate that there is about “$1.8 billion spent on toothpaste and $775 million on toothbrushes,” annually.
The amount of money spent on oral hygiene products is staggering. It also appears as though some of these numbers are climbing. According to the Information Resources Inc. of Chicago, Americans spent $1.6 billion on toothpaste in 1998. The survey also concluded that Americans spent $600 million on mouthwash in 1998.
The amount of money spent on dental care products is increasing, and Americans are simply following the protocol set in place by the American Dental Association. As newer products are released on the market, consumers purchase those items in hopes that they can prevent cavities and tooth decay by brushing their teeth with the best items available.
These numbers represent the many people in society who believe the knowledge stated by the American Dental Association, which is that to maintain optimum dental health; you need to have good oral hygiene. However, in complete contradiction to this, studies also state, “that almost 75% of Americans are actually struggling with gum disease or other periodontal affections.” Some research also indicates that up to
Older adults are not the only ones who suffer from gum disease, tooth decay and cavities. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that, "42% of children 2 to 11 have had dental caries in their primary teeth." This means that nearly half of children ages 2 - 11 are suffering from cavities. While the rate of cavities and tooth decay continues to climb, consumers are becoming more eager to purchase the newest items on the market that are supposed to prevent tooth decay. While dentists continue to encourage patients to "keep brushing enough," the rates of tooth decay continue to climb. This means that either the majority of the population is not brushing their teeth, or that the protocol is not as effective as the public is led to believe.
The reason why the protocol set in place by the ADA is not effective is because of the assumption that bacteria causes tooth decay. While
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