Almost half of children (11 and younger) have cavities. In Chicago, 63 percent of third graders have cavities -- more than half of them go untreated. Each year, UIC Dentistry students provide care to over 12 thousand adults and kids on community health rotations in over 20 sites in Chicago, and across the world.
Cavities (tooth decay) are still the most common chronic health problems of childhood in the US. One in four American adults still has untreated tooth decay. This equates to almost 2.5 million adults in Illinois. UIC provides dental treatment to over 30 thousand patients each year.
Are working at UIC College of Dentistry to improve treatment of oral cancer, caries, periodontal and other oral diseases. They are also working on new biomaterials and methods to regenerate dentin and enamel, moving science one step closer to regenerating an entire human tooth.