Oral Health Survey says….

…Americans are reporting that their oral health is good. A national survey conducted by the CDC polled over 17,000 people on their oral health–which is defined as the health of their mouth and teeth. The study is strictly surveying people and their

assessment

of their oral health. A dental health professional may have a different opinion. The survey was conducted to find oral health trends between races, age, and socioeconomic status. Three-quarters of adults aged 18-64 who were polled reported that they were in good oral health, and only 7% reported that they were in poor oral health.

Other interesting findings include:

  • Of people polled, 6 out of 10 people had visited the dentist at least once in the past year.
  • Diabetic adults were less likely to have visited the dentist in the past year.
  • Of adults who had not visited the dentist, the number 1 reason for not going was cost (either inadequate insurance or no insurance at all), and the number 2 reason was fear of the dentist.
  • Adult’s with a bachelor’s degree are twice as likely to report that their reason for not visiting the dentist is due to finding dental visits “not important” compared to adults with a high school diploma or less.

For more information regarding this year’s survey findings, visit the ADA article here.

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