Almost all adults have problems with their teeth or gums at some point in their lives. The major threats to adult oral health are gum disease and tooth decay (cavities). In the US, about 9 in 10 adults have had tooth decay and about 1 in 4 adults have untreated tooth decay. Nearly half of adults have gum disease.
Tips for Good Oral Health
This table includes some of the major risk factors and their potential outcomes for adult oral health problems:
Last Updated: February 19, 2013