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Survey: Patients want to visit their dentist more often

If Americans could choose one practitioner to see more often, the dentist comes out on top, according to a survey released in January from Delta Dental.

Among a nationally representative sample of 1,025 Americans, 41 percent surveyed said they do not get to the dentist as often as they’d like. The next health practitioner, dermatologists, received 28 percent of the vote.

According to the survey, adults who graded their oral health with an “A” are 24 percent less likely to put the dentist at the top of the list of practitioners that they want to see more, while those who report brushing their teeth less than twice a day want to go more than those who brush at least twice a day.

“We’re at least glad to see that even those who aren’t getting to the dentist as often as they’d like, recognize the importance of making more time to do so,” said Dr. Bill Kohn, Delta Dental Plans Association vice president of dental science and policy, in a news release.