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Fun Dental Facts

  1. Over the course of a lifetime, the average American spends 38.5 days total brushing their teeth.
  2. 73% of Americans would rather go grocery shopping than floss their teeth.
  3. Adults with post high school degrees have on average 3 more teeth than those without high school diplomas.
  4. Smokers are three times more likely than non-smokers to lose all of their teeth. 
  5. Employed adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year due to oral health problems or dental visits.
  6. Americans spent $2 billion on Halloween candy, enough to fund the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research for six years.
  7. Americans spend $2 billion a year on dental products toothpaste, mouthwash and dental floss.
  8. 94 percent of Americans brush their teeth nightly; 81 percent brush first thing in the morning.
  9. In an average lifetime, a person produces 10,000 gallons of saliva.
  10. An ancient theory blamed the “Toothworm” for toothaches. It was believed to chew the interior of a tooth until it was destroyed! 
Universal Dental Plan is not dental insurance. This plan does not meet minimum creditable coverage requirements under Massachusetts Law. The plan provides discounts at specific dental providers for dental services. The plan does not make payments directly to the providers of dental services. Plan members are obligated to pay for all dental care services but will receive a discount from those dental care providers who have contracted with the discount dental plan organization. The range of discounts will vary depending on the services provided. For questions concerning the Plan, including a list of network providers, please contact Universal Dental Plan: 20 Park Plaza 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02116. 1-800-894-8984,,