Reversible Decay: Oral Health is a Public Health Problem We Can Solve
Six in 10 Americans rate oral health as either “fair,” “poor,” or “very poor,” according to independent research commissioned by DentaQuest and conducted by KRC Research. Further, more than half of patients (51%) are concerned about their oral health, making it the top health concern over heart, eye, digestive, mental, and skin health. Yet three in four Americans (75%) say they have encountered barriers to accessing dental care — chiefly cost (52%) and lack of insurance (31%). Despite these challenges, dentists, physicians, and employers agree on solutions to improve the oral health system in the U.S.
The independent survey polled more than 2,300 Americans – including dentists, physicians, patients, employee benefits administrators, and Medicaid dental administrators. This corresponding research report, “Reversible Decay: Oral Health is a Public Health Problem We Can Solve,” represents a unique 360-degree view of common concerns and potential solutions for America’s oral health care challenges.