Official statistics show that Texas is behind the rest of the nation in the numbers of people who are going to see a dentist and getting their teeth cleaned at least once a year.
Spring Branch, TX (PRWEB) October 29, 2012
Texas is great in many ways but it seems that when it comes to oral health Texans have room for improvement. Official statistics show that Texas is behind the rest of the nation in the numbers of people who are going to see a dentist and getting their teeth cleaned at least once a year.
Specifically, statistics from the National Oral Health Surveillance System which is compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that only 60% of those in Texas 18 years of age and older are getting their teeth cleaned at least once a year. In the rest of the country, the average is almost 10% higher at 69%. And the statistics also show that those Texans aged 18-44 go less frequently than those above age 45. The statistics are for 2008, the last year for which they are available.
"Proper dental care from an early age and continuing forward is vital for a lifetime of trouble free oral health," states Dr. Jairo Chavez of Spring Branch Dental Care in Spring Branch, Texas, just on the northern outskirts of San Antonio.
"Not only is Texas compliance lower than the national average on adults getting their teeth cleaned, Texas leads the nation with the highest percentage of Grade 3 children with untreated tooth decay. This is of graver concern as 18% of Texans will lose ALL their natural teeth by age 65."
The National Oral Health Surveillance System statistics record that an alarming 42% of Texas children in Grade 3 have untreated tooth decay. While other states vary below this, in comparison Washington State recorded only 17% of their Grade 3 children in this condition and the lowest percentage in the country."
“Access to dental care is important and we wish to make it as easy as possible for individuals and families to get the oral hygiene care they need. Consequently, we are reintroducing a dental special offers for new patients which we had ended in August.
Texans need to improve their oral health so I am bringing this back and will provide an initial full dental examination by myself with diagnostic x-rays and cleaning by our hygienist for new patients. These services we generally charge $352 for together, we are now providing for $97. For children, we are only charging $75.
"I would very much like to see these oral health statistics changing for the better in our area. I don't want to have to see people about a full mouth reconstruction when they turn 65. That would be great," concluded Dr. Chavez.
ABOUT DR. JAIRO CHAVEZ
Dr. Jairo Chavez is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, the American College of Oral Implantologists, a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists and founding member of the Gran San Antonio Hispanic Dental Association. He has grown Spring Branch Dental Care since 2010 to be one of the most technically-advanced and cutting edge dental offices in the north San Antonio area.
His all-new, highly trained friendly dentistry team provide dental patients with high-quality, affordable dentistry and cosmetic dentistry care. Spring Branch Dental Care serves the Spring Branch, Boerne, Blanco, New Braunfels, Bulverde, and North San Antonio including Timberwood Park and Canyon Lake.