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Survey Shows Dental Care Experience Depends On Income

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ATLANTA (WAOK) – A new study indicates a link between income and dental care. According to a new American Dental Association poll, 70-percent of adults with an annual income of at least 30-thousand dollars have gone to the dentist in the past 12 months. The same is true for just 52-percent of those making less than 30-thousand. More than a third of the lower income respondents also report having lived with an untreated cavity, compared to just 18-percent of higher income Americans. Nearly 20-percent of those making less money have gone to the emergency room to address dental pain — and 12-percent left without receiving any relief. Just seven-percent with higher incomes sought treatment at an ER for a dental problem. And 58-percent of higher income Americans but just 39-percent of those with lower salaries would describe their dental health as “very good” or “excellent.”

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