New Poll: How Often Do Americans Visit The Dentist?

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Afro-american family brushing their teeth pollAccording to a new Gallop poll, over one-third of Americans did not visit the dentist in the last year.  In this poll, Gallop did interviews with 178,072 American adults to determine how important it is to go to the dentist on a regular basis. Gallop did a similar poll in 2008, and interviewed 354,645 adults. This poll found that a similar number of people had not been to the dentist in the past 12 months.

The Gallop poll dug deeper into their information to see if they could find out if certain groups of people visit the dentist more often, or if it is a common issues across multiple demographics. Here is what they found in their poll.

  1. 55% of both African-Americans and Hispanics reported going to the dentist in the last 12 months. Whites and Asians are at about 70%.
  2. Adults age 18-29 are least likely to have visited the dentist in the past 12 months, but only slightly less than people who are middle age or older.
  3. Seniors had an improved percentage of people going to the dentist in the past 12 months, compared to the poll conducted in 2008.
  4. Adults who earn $120,000 or more annually are about twice as likely (82%) to visit the dentist in a year compared to those making less than $12,000 a year (43%).
  5. Compared to the 2008 poll, the percentage of people going to the dentist regularly has stayed the same for higher income people, but it has declined for all other income groups.
  6. Adults who are married are more likely to go to the dentist, than single adults.
  7. The percentage of people going to the dentist stayed the same for different regions across the U.S. compared to the 2008 poll.

It is concerning that so many people do not go to their dental office on a regular basis. Small problems that could be found early may be left untreated. For example, a cavity that only needed a small filling, could turn into a painful and expensive situation if the decay continues to grow. Call The Smile Center today to schedule your next appointment!