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Dentists Top the List of Health Practitioners Americans Want to See More Of

Dentists Top the List of Health Practitioners Americans Want to See More Of Survey finds over 40% of U.S. adults say they don’t go to the dentist as often as they’d like compared to other health practitioners   OAK BROOK,

Dentists Top the List of Health Practitioners Americans Want to See More Of

Survey

finds over 40% of U.S. adults say they don’t go to the dentist as often as

they’d like compared to other health practitioners  

OAK

BROOK, Ill., Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Americans want to see

their dentists more often. A survey, out today from Delta Dental, finds that dentists

lead the pack of health practitioners adults want to see more.  

 

According

to the survey, 41 percent of American adults reported they do not get to the

dentist as often as they’d like, coming out 13 percent higher than the next

health practitioner, dermatologists at 28 percent.  

The

full rankings of health practitioners Americans wish they visited more often,

from the 2016 Adult Oral Health Survey, can be found in the chart. 

Adults

who give their oral health an “A” grade are 24 percent less likely to

put the dentist at the top of the list of practitioners they want to see more.

 Those who brush their teeth less than twice a day want to go more than

those who brush at least twice a day (52 percent vs. 28 percent).  

“Seeing

the dentist regularly is an important part of maintaining good oral

health,” said Bill Kohn, DDS, Delta Dental Plans Association’s vice

president of dental science and policy. “We’re at least glad to see that

even those who aren’t getting to the dentist as often as they’d like, recognize

the importance of making more time to do so.” 

Good

oral health can lead to a boost in confidence and overall well-being, according

to the survey.  

  • 79

    percent of American adults agree there is a connection between oral health

    and overall health.  

  • Adults

    who are extremely satisfied with their oral health rate their overall

    well-being as very good (48 percent), compared to those who report they

    are not satisfied (28 percent).  

  • 63

    percent feel that good oral health helps them feel confident on a daily

    basis, more so than having clear skin (56 percent) or being in shape (50

    percent).  

About

the Survey: The Adult Oral Health Survey was conducted between December 16,

2015 and January 14, 2016 among a nationally representative sample of 1,025

Americans 18+. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent. 

Follow

us on Twitter @DeltaDental and Facebook: Delta Dental Plans Association  

About

Delta Dental Plans Association
The nonprofit Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook,

Ill., is the national association of Delta Dental member companies, which

collectively make up the nation’s leading dental benefits provider, with

enrollment of over 73 million Americans. For more information, visit our

website at deltadental.com.  

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