Most Americans believe that routine dental appointments remain important during the pandemic, according to the Delta Dental Institute. Its recent survey found that 69% of Americans agree that the benefits of routine dental appointments outweigh the potential risks of delaying preventive care, while 67% of Americans worry about the negative long-term health consequences of delaying a routine dental appointment.
“These results underscore the importance of oral health to overall health,” said Vivian Vasallo, executive director of the Delta Dental Institute. “Even in this uncertain environment, Americans know they need to prioritize preventive oral healthcare. Oral health is health, and routine dental care is critical to preventing and managing chronic health problems.”
The strong support for routine dental appointments during the pandemic reflects broad agreement about oral health’s importance more generally, the Delta Dental Institute said. Also, the survey found that 91% of Americans believe taking care of their oral health now will help prevent other oral health problems later.
These results are consistent across demographics, the Delta Dental Institute said, demonstrating a widespread understanding of the value of oral healthcare. Clinical research has shown links between oral health and social well-being, cardiovascular health, respiratory health, and positive pregnancy outcomes, the organization added.
The survey was conducted online from September 19 to September 25 among 1,018 registered voters who self-reported as likely to vote.