The Main Reason People Avoid the Dentist Isn't Fear

By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff

December 9, 2016

NewserThe biggest reason people skip out on going to the dentist isn't fear or inconvenience; it's cost, KIDY reports. A study published this month in Health Affairs found people are more likely to forego dental health because of cost than any other type of health care. And that's a problem because avoiding dental care can have other health repercussions down the road, according to Health Central. HealthDay News reports the study found that 13% of working-age adults don't go to the dentist because of the cost. 

And nearly 25% of low-income adults are dissuaded from the dentist by cost. Cost is more than three times more likely than fear to be the reason people skip the dentist.

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