Native Americans and Dental Caries

IndianResrvChildhood tooth decay, also called dental caries, is a global problem even in industrialized countries. Sixty to 90 percent of school-aged children and the majority of adults are affected by tooth decay. In developing countries oral health care is limited, but it is also limited right here in the United States on Indian reservations. Because poor oral health can affect your overall health, people from neighborhoods, localities, regions, countries, or specific populations that lack oral health care are automatically at a disadvantage and at an increased risk for other health issues, and that includes our own Native American population.

Dental Caries

Dental caries, or tooth decay, is the second common disorder with the first being the common cold. Dental caries affects both children and adults. Dental caries can cause pain, sleep loss, infection, tooth loss, delayed social development in children, school absences, work absences, and visits to the emergency room. It can be both personally and financially devastating to families and financially devastating on the local, state, and national levels.

Native Americans

The amount of dental disease among the Native American population is nearly four times higher than that of the rest of the nation. Seventy percent of Navajo children suffer from untreated tooth decay and among Native American children in some areas, including the U.S. and Canada, that number reaches 90 percent. All other ethnic groups and races report just over 20 percent of children suffering from untreated decay.

Access To Dental Care

The Navajo Nation is the largest reservation in the United Stated spanning over 25,000 square miles and home to 225,000 people. Much of the area remains unpopulated, and access to dental care is seriously lacking. For instance there are only 22 dental clinics and 100,000 people for every 32 dentists.


Dr. Bob Jing has served patients and their families across Dallas/Ft. Worth for many years. Together with his caring, compassionate, and highly-skilled team at 7 Day Dental, Dr. Jing is dedicated to making good dental health available to as many people as possible. To learn more, or to schedule a consultation or appointment, contact our office closest to you at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive.