Turns out not everyone is afraid of the dentist. A new Delta Dental survey finds that dentists top the list of health care practitioners that Americans want to see more of.
The full rankings of health practitioners Americans wish they visited more often, from the 2016 Adult Oral Health Survey, can be found in this chart.
The findings were interesting because adults who gave their oral health an “A” grade were 24% less likely to put the dentist at the top of the list. However, those who said they brushed their teeth only once a day (if that)… were concerned about their oral health and wanted to see a dentist more often.
“Seeing a 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 a dentist as often as they’d like, recognize the importance of making more time to do so.”
The survey also reinforces the notion that good oral health can lead to a boost in confidence and overall well-being:
- 79% 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.
- 63% feel that good oral health helps them feel confident on a daily basis, more so than having clear skin (56%) or being in shape (50%).
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