Dental Visits in the US

Goals

To identify the percentage of US adults that had visited the dentist in the past 12-18 months.

Early Findings

  • According to KFF survey results (2018), 66.5% of US adults had visited the dentist in the past 12 months. This includes 63.8% males and 69.1% females.
  • The latest available findings (2019) from the American Health Rankings show that 67.6% of US adults have reported visiting the dentist or dental clinic within the past year.
  • While there was insufficient information available to determine the percentage of US adults that visit the dentist every 18 months, it was found that 52% visit the dentist every 6 months, while 20% (1 in 5) haven't been to the dentist in the last few years.
  • The Summary Health Statistics: National Health Interview Survey 2018 shows that among US adults (aged 18 and above), 48.3% had visited the dentist in the past 6 months, 17.3% had visited the dentist during the past 6 months-1 year, while 13.1% had been to the dentist within the past 1-2 years.

Other Findings

  • Dentist's Money Digest has forecasted that by 2026, 47% of the (overall) American population will visit the dentist, which is estimated to be 334 million visits. This is based on the assumption that parents will take advantage of the pediatric dental insurance coverage, and increased access to affordable care. The majority of the visits are expected to be for preventive care.
  • An article from The Hill has reported that according to the 2015 Federal Reserve Report, 25% of US households surveyed had missed a dental appointment in the past 12 months because they could not afford it, compared to 15% who missed a doctor's appointment for the same reason.

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