While approximately two-thirds of Americans, 65 percent, visit the dentist at least once a year, nearly half, 47 percent, have gone at least three years without scheduling a dental appointment at least once during their lifetime, finds the results of a new study.
According to the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey, the majority of Americans go to the dentist at least once a year, and those who do are 37 percent more likely to describe their oral health as good or better when compared to individuals that do not visit the dentist, say researchers with the Delta Dental Plans Association who were involved in the study. Despite the positive trend in dental visits, the researchers report that Americans are still likely to take a break from scheduling regular dental visits at some point during their lifetimes.
Inconsistency a Problem
Almost six out of 10 Americans, 58 percent, say they have experienced fear or reluctance when considering scheduling a dental appointment, according to the Delta Dental survey. Most of the survey respondents said they were afraid to discover the type of care they need or that they couldn’t afford to pay for the care. Younger Americans between the ages of 18 to 44 reported experiencing more apprehension about scheduling a dental visit when compared to individual over the age of 45.
Despite the reluctance and fear exhibited by many Americans about visiting the dentist, most, 58 percent, said they felt refreshed about an appointment. Researchers attributed this to the feel of walking out of the dentist’s office feeling refreshed and no longer needing to worry about not having visited a dentist in a while.
Researchers reiterated that scheduling regular dental visits ranks as an important part of preventative care, and a key component of maintaining and improving an individual’s oral health.
Preventative Care Key
For individuals with existing oral problems, such as gum disease, or chronic conditions like dry mouth or diabetes, scheduling one dental visit a year may not be enough to protect the state of their oral health. For those who have a high risk of developing oral problems, three or four visits a year may be necessary. However, for patients who enjoy stellar oral health and have a lower risk of oral disease, fewer yearly visits may be necessary.
One way to stay in the habit of regularly scheduling visits to find dentist you like. According to the survey, nearly one in four Americans, 23 percent, do not have a regular dentist, while 40 percent say they’ve been seeing the same dentist for over three years. Americans living the Northeast and Midwest have a tendency to maintain long-term relationships with their dentist when compared to individuals living the West or South.
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