Statewide survey shows broad support for ensuring adults get the dental care they need

A survey released today by the Washington Dental Service Foundation shows four out of five Washingtonians (83%) agree “it is important for Washington State to provide access to quality dental care to adults who can’t afford it, including preventive care.” Almost all (98%) say oral health is important to their overall health.

It is important for Washington State to provide access to quality dental care to adults who can’t afford it, including preventive care like regular dental check-ups.

Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree Graph

Taking care of my teeth and gums is as important as taking care of my general health.

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Yet, the survey also shows that one out of three Washingtonians (32%) lack the insurance coverage for routine dental care they need and nearly a quarter (23%) of them have not had a routine dental check-up in the past year, suggesting that access continues to be an issue.

Do you have any kind of dental insurance coverage or benefits that pay for some or all of your routine dental care?

32% No, 68% yes

How long has it been since you had a routine checkup, such as an examination or cleaning, from a dentist?

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The telephone survey interviewed 1,200 adults across Washington State from ages 25 to 75 in September and October of 2013. The survey will establish a baseline with regard to oral health knowledge, attitudes and behaviors for The Mighty Mouth campaign.