- 75% of all Los Angelenos have at least a single urgent dental care need (such as bleeding gums or an aching tooth).
- 50% of city residents say "high costs" are the biggest hurdle to visiting a dentist -- even if they're unclear how high those costs might be.
- Of the nearly 50% of the U.S. population (approximately 148 million Americans) who don't have health insurance, 56% say they have no preventative dental care, nor are they seeking it.
- Across the U.S., 54% of the nationally uninsured have not seen a dentist in the past year and 12% say they won't be going at all in the next five years.
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Americans want chipper choppers -- they just can't afford to go to the dentist to care for their teeth. How bad is it? Worse than one might imagine. According to Empirica Research, more than 1 million residents of Los Angeles -- a city of some 3.9 million and county of 10 million that many say prides itself on the power of a great smile -- have visited a dentist once or less in 10 years. Additionally, about 5 million residents don't have dental insurance, and 50% of that number doesn't even have the cash necessary for a decent dental cleaning.