Delta Dental published the finding on American oral health behaviors ahead of World Oral Health Day on March 20. 

In recognition of World Oral Health Day on March 20, 2021, Delta Dental published new survey findings on American’s oral health behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • 90% of Americans believe that during the pandemic, maintaining oral health is essential to protecting their overall health
  • 72% of Americans are paying closer attention to their oral care habits at home as a result of COVID-19
  • 93% of Americans plan to visit the dentist in 2021

“Our findings show that Americans are focused on their oral health and recognize the integral role it plays in their overall health. With nearly all Americans reporting that they plan to visit the dentist in 2021 and high levels of commitment to oral health habits at home, we are optimistic this will contribute to a positive shift toward improved overall health across the country,” said James W. Hutchison, president & CEO, Delta Dental Plans Association. “Delta Dental applauds the efforts of Americans for making oral health a priority amid the pandemic.”

Delta Dental’s Oral Health & Wellness Survey was conducted December 28, 2020, through January 8, 2021, among a nationally representative sample of 1,000+ Americans ages 18+, with a margin of error of +/- 3%.