Adults Could brush up on Dental Terminology Reveals Delta Dental Survey

Consider checking your dental IQ before your next visit to the dentist. A new Adult Oral Health & Well-Being Survey from Delta Dental indicates that a significant portion of the American population is not familiar with certain key dental terms. This unfamiliarity may lead to unease in the dental chair during discussions with your oral health care professional. The national survey finds that the majority of adults are not versed in bruxism (teeth grinding) (81%), caries (cavities) (75%), and prophylaxis (disease prevention) (64%).

Nearly all survey respondents (92%) say they are familiar with plaque. This sticky film of bacteria and other substances can lead to periodontal (gum) disease, if not removed every day. Most Americans seem versed in gingivitis. Only 13% of adults are not sure about this term, which is an early form of gum disease. Signs of gingivitis include gums that are inflamed, red, and swollen and bleed easily.

While most adults score an A+ on familiarity with frequently used terms, such as plaque and gingivitis, there appears to be room for improvement in basic knowledge of other dental terms. One-third of Americans are not familiar with periodontal disease - one area they could brush up on. This very common condition, also known as gum disease, is typically preventable with proper oral care.
For an easy-to-navigate resource on dental terminology, check out the Glossary of Dental Terms.

About the survey
The Adult Oral Health & Well-Being Survey was conducted between December 31, 2018, and January 13, 2019, among 1,100 nationally representative Americans ages 18+. The margin of error is +/- 3%.
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