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World Oral Health Day a time to reflect on how Americans are making oral health a priority

Posted on March 19, 2021 in General oral health


In recognition of World Oral Health Day on Saturday, March 20, 2021, Delta Dental of Illinois has 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.

graph of survey findings on Americans making oral health a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic

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These findings show Americans are focused on their oral health and recognize the integral role it plays in overall health. With nearly all Americans reporting they plan to visit the dentist in 2021 and strong commitment to a good oral health routine at home, there is plenty of optimism this will help lead to a positive shift to improved oral health nationwide.

Delta Dental of Illinois is committed to ensuring our members and those in our communities get the oral health care they need. Check out our library of dental and oral health resources to further educate yourself and help protect your smile.

For more information on oral health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit Delta Dental of Illinois’ COVID-19 webpage.

About the survey

Delta Dental of Illinois’ 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%

About World Oral Health Day

World Oral Health Day (WOHD) is celebrated globally every year on March 20. It is organized by FDI World Dental Federation and is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health. WOHD spreads messages about good oral hygiene practices to adults and children alike and demonstrates the importance of optimal oral health in maintaining general health and well-being.