Poll: 1 in 3 adults skipped seeing dentist in the past year

About 1 in 3 U.S. adults did not visit the dentist in the past 12 months, a trend that has remained unchanged from 2008, according to a new Gallup poll.

The findings are based on interviews with 178,072 adults conducted during 2013 as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

The poll found that women are more likely than men to report visiting the dentist annually. Among racial and ethnic groups, 55% of both blacks and Hispanics report visiting the dentist in the past year while whites and Asians had higher numbers at about 70%.

Young adults ages 18 to 29 are the least likely to have visited the dentist but only marginally less so than those who are middle-aged or older. And when it comes to incomes, those who earn $120,000 or more annually are about twice as likely as those who earn less to visit the dentist.

For the full results, go to the Gallup website.

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