A recent survey of more than 1,000 adults conducted by ORC International and commissioned by Aspen Dental unveiled that oral health in America is more of a “nice to have” rather than a “must do.”
Nearly two in five American adults (39%) say they have limited or plan to limit dental care due to their financial situation, a number that has increased by nearly 8% during the last two years. However, 80% recognize that postponing or delaying routine visits will cost them more money in the long run. More than half of survey respondents (53%) consider routine dental visits for exams and cleanings something that is “nice to have” that can be delayed.
And the clincher? Nearly one in five respondents (17%) would fix problems with their car, electronics, and household appliances ahead of addressing pain in their mouth.
“For millions of Americans, life is made up of hard financial choices, and unfortunately, dental care has become discretionary,” said Dr. Schatzie Vincent, director of clinical support and community giving at Aspen Dental Management, Inc. “The dentists and teams at Aspen Dental-branded practices believe that everyone deserves a healthy mouth, and they are committed to breaking down barriers that have kept people from getting the dental care they need.” Read more here.