Oral health outshines relationship with friends in Delta Dental survey

Most Americans view oral health as important to their life and overall health in well-being national survey


OAK BROOK, Ill – April 17, 2018 – Proper oral health is crucial to a healthy life, according to a recent national survey from Delta Dental. The results reveal that more adults say their oral health (85 percent) is important to their life than their diet or nutrition (71 percent), relationship with friends (71 percent), or weight (71 percent).

Making a health connection

The Delta Dental survey shows that most adults (85 percent) recognize their oral health is important to their overall health and having good oral health makes them feel confident on a daily basis (67 percent).

“There is a growing trend for Americans to correlate oral health with overall health and well-being,” said Bill Kohn, DDS, chair of Delta Dental Plans Association’s Dental Science Committee. “For example, mouth conditions can be associated with many important and serious systemic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers.”

Dr. Kohn reminds us that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, an ideal time to schedule an exam with your dentist.


Protecting America’s smiles

The Adult’s Oral Health & Well-Being Survey indicates that 88 percent of Americans are dedicated to the well-being of their mouth, teeth and gums.

Dr. Kohn suggests brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and seeing your dentist regularly as basic steps for preventive oral health care.

“Smiles play an important role in health and overall daily life, including social well-being,” said Jennifer Elliott, chief marketing officer for Delta Dental Plans Association. “The Delta Dental national survey illuminates that healthy smiles are important to our nation, including impacting Americans’ confidence.”

Americans are thinking about their future smiles and plenty of adults are worried. Nearly half of adults (48 percent) in the United States are concerned they will not have an attractive smile as they age, according to the survey.

While a quarter (25 percent) of Americans are extremely satisfied with the health of their mouth, teeth and gums, only a few (15 percent) would rate their current oral health as excellent, leaving most American adults with healthy room for improvement.


About the survey

The Adult’s Oral Health & Well-Being Survey was conducted between December 13 and December 28, 2017, among 1,008 nationally representative Americans ages 18+, with a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.