Many U.S. adults say they will delay dental care because of their financial situation, even though waiting may have long-term implications, according to a new survey.
The survey of more than 1,000 adults was commissioned by Aspen Dental, with the results showing that 39% of the respondents have limited or will delay dental care because of their financial situation. This is despite the fact that a majority (80%) of them know that delaying routine visits will cost them more money in the long run.
"For millions of Americans, life is made up of hard financial choices," stated Schatzie Vincent, DMD, director of clinical support and community giving at Aspen Dental Management, in a press release. "Unfortunately, dental care has become discretionary, a 'nice to have' rather than a 'must do.' "
The number of people who have limited or would delay care has increased by almost 80% in the past two years, according to Aspen.
Other key findings of the survey include the following:
- More than half of survey respondents (53%) consider routine dental visits for exams and cleanings as things that are "nice to have" but can be delayed.
- Nearly 1 in 5 respondents (17%) would fix problems with their car ahead of addressing pain in their mouth.