More than 5 million Floridians living in areas that have limited or no access to care.
One in five children across Florida suffer from treatable dental problems.
More than 23% of 3rd graders in Florida have untreated tooth decay, making Florida 6th in the nation for highest percent of third grade children with unfilled cavities.
More than 2.7 million visits to the ER in 2017 were tied to preventable dental problems.
In 2019, Florida hospitals billed more than $630 million for preventable ER visits and hospital admissions stemming from preventable oral health issues.
Florida taxpayers bear the brunt of the bill with Medicaid paying for nearly 40%of those visits.
34% of senior citizens (65+) have lost six teeth due to tooth decay or gum disease.
14% of senior citizens have had all their teeth extracted.
Poor dental health has been associate to cause for 57 systemic diseases and illnesses. Patients with serious dental conditions are 25% more likely to suffer from heart disease and more likely to have autoimmune disorders, anemia, GI disorders and renal disease.
Insured individuals who have access to dental care have lower total health care costs and fewer hospitalizations.
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