From the “Yes You Heard That Right” File:

Americans really wish they saw their dentist more, according to Delta Dental Plans.

For a second year, dentists topped the list of health practitioners Americans want to see more often, according to a survey from Delta Dental. According to the survey, 42 percent of Americans don’t see a dentist as often as they would like, beating out their primary care doctor (29 percent), dermatologist (23 percent) and the ophthalmologist (17 percent).

Perhaps this desire to see the dentist more is because 85 percent of Americans believe that oral health is very or extremely important to their overall health.

And while they recognize the importance, only a quarter (25 percent) of Americans are extremely satisfied with the health of their mouth, teeth and gums and another 49 percent are somewhat satisfied. Only 15 percent rated their current oral health as excellent.

Some other dental visit stats:

  • 58 percent of those surveyed reported they visit the dentist at least one time per year, down from 62 percent in 2016.
  • 52 percent made their most recent appointment for the purpose of having a regular checkup.
  • 17 percent made their most recent appointment to have a procedure done.
  • 15 percent made their appointment because they were experiencing mouth pain.

If you haven’t seen your dentist in a while, it looks like you’re in good company.

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