July 2018

Top reasons for unexpected trips to the dentist
According to a recent national survey from Delta Dental, many adults do not seek out proactive dental care and confess to visiting the dentist less often than they should. As a result, many adults suffer from oral health detriments. The study reveals that more than half of Americans (57%) have made an unplanned visit to the dentist, with mouth pain (33%) being cited as the leading cause.

According to the Adult Oral Health & Well-Being Survey, a chipped or cracked tooth (26%) or a cavity (20%) also ranked as top reasons for Americans to suddenly find themselves in a dental chair. A lost crown or filling tied at 14 percent. Capping off the key reasons is bleeding gums (8%).

The Delta Dental survey indicates that more than two in five (42%) Americans admit they typically visit a dentist less than once a year.

"A healthy smile is a valuable asset in everyday life but requires proper care, including to help prevent gum disease," said Joe Dill, DDS, MBA, Delta Dental Plans Association's vice president of dental science. "Making an appointment for a dental exam is a positive step to safeguard the health of your smile."

Read more about Dr. Dills's recommendations and simple lifestyle tips for a healthy smile. The full Adult Oral Health and Well-being survey will be released later this year.
About the survey
The Adult Oral Health & Well-Being Survey was conducted between December 13 and December 28, 2017, among 1,008 nationally representative Americans ages 18+, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.
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