Going to the DentistHow many or what percentage of people go to the dentist every year?
The information and perspectives already provided are helpful. Here is some additional information that may be helpful to you:
Delta Dental published statistics that indicate that, of the 57% of Americans who have dental insurance, 81% saw the dentist twice a year, but only 34% of those without dental insurance did so. I know that I saw the dentist only when I really needed to (read: something hurt) when I didn't have dental insurance, but now that I have a job with dental insurance I go at least once a year for a checkup.
According to the CDC, the percentage of dental visits goes down as age goes up, but not by very much. As of 2009, 78% of children aged 2-17, 62% of adults aged 18-64, and 60% of adults aged 65 and up visited the dentist each year.
Teeth and good dental health are things that people take for granted and don't think much about until a problem arises. The same can be said for eye sight. Many people don't get the routine eye exams until a problem arises.