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1. Does the hand you write with affect your teeth? It can! Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side while left-handed people tend to chew food on their left side. Source: Delta Dental of Minnesota

2. 96 Billion U.S. dollars are spent on direct medical costs due to cigarette smoking

3. 3,300 Milligrams of sodium is the average Americans eat per day— more than twice the recommended amount

4. There is a 60% decrease in Americans’ overall risk if dying since 1935

5. 75% of US adults experience some degree of dental fear

6. 31% of baby boomers never go to the dentist

7. 15% of the population declines necessary dental treatment because they fear of oral injections

8. An athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a mouthguard

9. Toothbrushes represent more than 100 million pounds of plastic waste annually

10. 1 in 4 patients postpone surgery due to apprehension and a lack of understanding sedation

11. 17% of prescribed medication goes unused

12. 1.6 million of Americans lack dental insurance coverage

13. 80% of US adults suffer from gum disease

14. 59% of respondents say they would be disturbed by their partner not brushing or flossing their teeth for a week

15. 400,000 Americans live with multiple sclerosis

16. 3 Million - estimated number of American men with osteoporosis

17. 1 in 4 patients have dry mouth

18. Patients may not notice dry mouth symptoms until there is a 50% reduction in saliva output