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How common is a toothache?

While the exact number of people with toothaches in the US is not known, what's known is that tooth decay, which is the most frequent cause of toothache, is the second-most-common problem that children and adults face. (The most common is the common cold.) According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, more than 90% of adults have had tooth decay. Also, this national survey found that as of 2004, over 20% of adults had tooth decay that had not been treated. These statistics suggest that toothaches due to tooth decay are a common problem for many people.

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