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Bad teeth and bad breath are the #1 turn-offs for women according to a survey in a popular men's magazine.

Regular dental visits ensure healthy teeth and gums and detect at early stages diseases like cancer. Sixty percent of people in the U.S. visit their dentists on a regular basis.

Tooth decay is caused by the germs (plaque) which live on your teeth. Plaque turns sugar found in food into acid. This acid then attaches to the tooth surface.

The more often that you eat sugary foods, the more acid is produced and the more damage to your teeth.

Many drinks are very sugary. Colas contain as much as 8 teaspoons of sugar.

Carbonated drinks and fruit juices are acidic and diet sodas also damage teeth but to a lesser extent.

Milk and water are the drinks recommended for between meals. Drinking and eating "bad" foods do more damage if they are between meals. Tea and coffee without sugar are acceptable.

Fluoride provides protection against dental decay at all ages.

Children do not lose all of their baby teeth at once. Certain baby molars are expected to be in the child's mouth until 12-13 years of age.

18 percent of 2-to-4-year-old children have experienced tooth decay, and 16 percent have untreated decay.

18 percent of 2-to-4-year-old children have experienced tooth decay, and 16 percent have untreated decay.

74% of children ages 2 through 17 have visited a dentist in the past year.

By age 17, 78 percent of young people have had a cavity. By age 17, 7 percent of young people have lost at least one permanent tooth.

Among poor children, almost 50% of tooth decay remains untreated.

Dental caries (cavities) and periodontal diseases are the most common oral diseases and 85 percent of adults (18 and older) in the US are affected.

Dental cavities are preventable for the most part, yet remain the most common chronic disease of children - five times more common than asthma.

More than 108 million Americans do not have dental insurance.

More than 70 percent of respondents say it is important for employers to provide dental benefits.

Dental coverage is the second most popular benefit in compensation packages, next only to medical insurance.

65 percent of large employers offer dental benefits.