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 findings from the Children's Dental Health Project survey 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.
The survey of 1,000 adults was sponsored by the Children's Dental Health Project, an independent nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. A summary of the survey results includes the survey methodology. View or share our new infographic here.