Survey reveals plenty of unmet dental needs

By: Matt Jacob

A new national survey reveals America's significant, unmet need for dental care at a time when millions of families are shopping for medical/dental coverage on newly created state marketplaces.  One out of three adults say that either they or a family member have a toothache or some other problem with their teeth or gums "that needs to be addressed."

Other key findings from the Children's Dental Health Project survey, which was conducted by Wakefield Research, are below:

  • The need for affordable dental coverage is amplified by the survey, as nearly four out of 10 adults (39%) report delaying a dental visit over the past 12 months because of expected out-of-pocket costs.
  • Many Americans may not realize that children's dental coverage can be purchased through the state marketplaces.  In the survey, only 22% of Americans correctly identify dental services for children as one of the 10 "essential health benefits" identified in the Affordable Care Act.

Read a summary of our survey results, or view our infographic that provides a snapshot of the key findings. The survey of 1,000 nationally representative adults was sponsored by the CDHP and conducted by Wakefield Research, a full-service market research firm.

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children ages 6-12 suffered a toothache in the previous six months.
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