The survey, conducted by Delta Dental Plans Association, further found that 3 in 5 American adults, and 4 in 5 children currently have dental insurance coverage. 

New research from Delta Dental Plans Association shows that Americans value the cost-savings, peace of mind, and overall health benefits of dental insurance. A vast majority of Americans with dental insurance reported that having coverage helps them to maintain good oral health (96%), saves money in the long run (91%), is well worth the cost (91%), and provides relief from having to worry about dental emergencies (95%). They also recognize other overall health benefits, such as peace of mind (95%) and the opportunity to lead a healthy life (93%).

According to the survey, 3 in 5—or 125 million—American adults currently have dental insurance. Similarly, 4 in 5 (81%) parents report their child is covered. 

Delta Dental Plans Association further found that dental insurance is critical to adults and children seeking preventive oral healthcare. Nine in 10 adults, or 92%, reported that having coverage gives them a reason to visit the dentist at least once a year. In addition, among adults and children who visited the dentist in 202, those with insurance are significantly more likely to have sought preventative care than those without coverage. 

The survey also found that dental insurance remains out of reach for nearly 99 million, or 40%, of American adults, with cost being a key barrier. Many admit they cannot afford the monthly premium payment (34%) or pay additional out-of-pocket costs (29%).