Americans Don’t Prioritize Dental Visits

One out of three Americans didn’t visit the dentist in the last year.

This information comes from Gallup Well-Being. The rate was basically the same in the previous year and in 2008 as well. Women were more likely than men to go for a dental checkup, based on this study.

More than 178,000 Americans were interviewed for this study this time and more than 354,000 people were interviewed prior to the 2008 study. The focus was to determine what factors impacted whether or not someone visited the dentist.

It’s important for every person to visit the dentist at least once per year.

People ages 18 to 29 were slightly less likely to see a dentist but there wasn’t much of a difference when compared to older people. Senior citizens have seen the dentist more frequently in recent years while people ages 30 to 44 have gone to the dentist slightly less often than they did in the past.

For people who made more than $120,000 per year or more, they were two times more likely to visit the dentist when compared to people who made about $12,000 per year. The numbers have remained the same since 2008 for the higher earners but dental checkup rates have diminished since then for low-income people.

There also wasn’t much change in dental visit frequency based on geography. About 60 percent of people in what would be considered the south saw the dentist while the number in the area deemed the east was slightly less than 69 percent.

A person that’s married was more likely to visit the dentist than a single person, based on this study. Someone who is separated was least likely to see the dentist.

Based on many studies, poor oral health leads to poor overall health. That’s why regular dental visits are crucial for any person to be healthy.