Survey: Dental benefits drive oral health care

11/23/2011 | Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (free registration), The

Americans who lack dental insurance or discount plans are 2.5 times less likely than those with dental benefits to seek dental care, with nearly half of those without insurance failing to seek care even when they have periodontal disease, a National Association of Dental Plans survey found. "Our survey found that people with dental benefits were more likely to have a regular dentist, visit the dentist more frequently, and receive dental treatment than those without," said NADP Executive Director Evelyn F. Ireland. "When parents don't have dental benefits, the number of kids seeing a dentist twice a year drops by over 20%," she added.

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