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OAK BROOK, Illinois – More Americans wish they visited the dentist more often compared to any other health practitioner. According to a survey of American adults by Delta Dental, 41 percent reported they do not get to the dentist as often as they’d like, coming out 13 percent higher than the next health practitioner, dermatologists at 28 percent.

The full rankings of health practitioners Americans wish they visited more often, from the 2016 Adult Oral Health Survey:

Those who get to the dentist less than twice a year (59 percent), say they want to go more often at a rate 35 percent higher than those adults who go at least twice a year (24 percent). Adults who give their oral health an “A” grade are 24 percent less likely to put the dentist at the top of the list than those who give their oral health a lesser grade.

“Seeing the 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 the dentists as often as they’d like, recognize the importance of making more time to do so.”

Good oral can lead to a boost in confidence, success and overall well-being, according to the survey.

  • Nearly six in ten (58 percent) of those who go to the dentist at least twice a year describe their overall well-being as very good or excellent.
  • They also are more likely to feel confident (53 percent vs. 45 percent), healthy (53 percent vs. 37 percent) and proud of themselves (48 percent vs. 39 percent) almost all the time.
  • 63 percent feel that good oral health helps them feel confident on a daily basis, more so than having clear skin (56 percent) or being in shape (50 percent).


About the Survey: The Adult Oral Health Survey was conducted between December 16, 2015 and January 14, 2016 among a nationally representative sample of 1,025 Americans 18+. The margin of error is +/- 3.1 percent.


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About Delta Dental Plans Association

The nonprofit Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Ill., is the national association of Delta Dental member companies, which collectively make up the nation’s leading dental benefits provider, with enrollment of over 73 million Americans. For more information, visit our website at