Going to the DentistHow many or what percentage of people go to the dentist every year?

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megan-bright | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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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.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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A lot of Americans are afraid of the dentist. There are also quite a few with no dental insurance. Even if you have health insurance that does not mean that you have dental insurance. So one answer to your question is: not as many as there should be!
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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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I think you will find that the statistics for dental visits vary based on several factors. In the US, one factor might be dental insurance. Many employers provide dental insurance as well as health insurance. This might be a reason why dental visit are fairly common in the US. Other countries, like the UK, do not always provide dental insurance. You might find that dental visits are less frequent in an area like this where dental insurance is not included in health insurance and is relatively expensive. You may also find that statistics are different for various income levels as well as different countries. A person who is having trouble keeping food on the table is obviously not going to put visiting the dentist on their priority list. It might be interesting to look at the these factors and the differences between them.
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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.

 

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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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.

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/dental.htm

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