3.9 Billion

“More than half the world’s population suffers from dental problems” – is the headline on page 36 of the July 2013 edition of Dentistry Today. That’s 3.9 billion people according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study. “Untreated tooth decay was the most common of all the 291 major disease and injuries assessed . . .”

“There are close to 4 billion people in the world who suffer from untreated oral health conditions that cause toothache and prevent them from eating and possibly sleeping properly.” This statistic is sure to cause me some loss of sleep. Tonight I will think of all the poor souls who can’t get to sleep due to a tooth ache, and I will thank my lucky stars that I was born here in the United States where dental care is easily obtained.

While I cannot do much for the 3.9 billion, I can help people in the Falls Church area by giving them the phone number of a great dental office.

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