Gainesville, Florida — When: Saturday, March 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; andWhere: Dental offices at The National Center for the Blind in downtown Gainesville and at The Heritage Center at the University of Florida.
Read MoreMore>>For decades, dental care has been a rite of passage for many families.
Dental appointments are usually scheduled at a dentist’s office with a doctor’s prescription and, often, a referral to a specialty clinic for treatment.
But a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that dental care is becoming more complicated as a result of the increasing prevalence of preventable dental diseases and the rise in dental caries.
The study, which surveyed 1,500 adults, found that over a two-year period, nearly four out of five adults in the U.S. who had attended a dental appointment had some type of preventative health condition, such as dental cariousness, chronic dental disease or chronic dental infection.
About one-fifth of those surveyed also had a serious medical condition, the study said.
According to the CDC, more than 50 million Americans have some form of preventive dental disease.