Mouth and throat diseases, which range from cavities to cancer, cause pain and disability for millions of Americans each year, yet almost all oral diseases are largely preventable.
In 2011-2012, nearly one-fourth of U.S. children aged 2–5 years had dental caries in their primary teeth. About three in five adolescents aged 12–19 experienced dental caries in permanent teeth, and 15% of them had untreated tooth decay (Dye et al., 2015 ).
In 2012, there were nearly 40,000 new cases of cancer of mouth (oral) or throat (pharyngeal) cancer diagnosed in the United States and nearly 9,000 deaths (CDC ).
As many as one third of all dental injuries and up to 19% of head and face injuries are sports related (Burt 2001).