Are you among the one-third or the two-thirds?
More than a third of the American public did not visit the dentist once during the past year, says a new Gallup poll. Two-thirds of Americans said they visited the dentist in 2013 at least once in the past 12 month. This is is the same percentage as visited the dentist in 2008. Women are more likely than men to report that they visit the dentist on an annual basis. The report was released on April 28. It gives details of findings based on interviewing over 178,000 American adults in 2013. The report is part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Further findings: 55% of African-Americans and Hispanics report visiting the dentist in 2013. Whites and Asians report at 70%. Adults of ages 18-29 are the least likely to have visited the dentist. Adults who earn $120,000 or more per year are twice as likely to say they visited the dentist in the past year as those whose income was less than $12,000. This is 82% visiting the dentist as opposed to 43% visiting.
“Dental visit rates have held steady since 2008 for top earners,” the Gallup report indicates, “while they have declined for all other groups, particularly for low- and middle-income households with incomes between $24,000 and $60,000 per year.” Dental visits are lowest in the South at 60% and highest in the East at 69%. Married people are more likely to visit the dentist than single adults.
The ADA website lists 15 signs to prompt people to visit the dentist: mouthHealthy.org/en/dental-care-concerns/questions-about-going-to-the-dentist. So join the two-thirds and pay us a visit today!