Children in the United States miss more than 51.0 million school hours each year due to dental-related problems, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

In a 2011 report by the Center for Disease Control regarding U.S. Health, dental caries is one of the most common childhood diseases. Utilization of dental care and the prevalence of untreated dental caries vary by income and by race and ethnicity, with those in higher income groups and non-Hispanic whites having higher utilization and lower untreated dental caries prevalence .