Older Americans Regret Not Caring for Their Teeth More in Youth, but 80% Still Aren’t Doing So


Americans aged 50 and older realize the importance of oral health but aren’t necessarily taking the steps to prioritize it as they should, finds Delta Dental’s Senior Oral Health Report: Older Americans’ Oral Care Regrets, Barriers and Impact. Eighty percent of older Americans don’t go to the dentist as often as recommended today despite ranking “not brushing and flossing more” as their third biggest regret regarding their physical health. Our ability to smile and not feel judged by others has a significant impact on our social well-being. The study reveals that two in five (40%) smile less compared to when they were younger due to deteriorating oral health or the appearance of their teeth.

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