Those with dental benefits, or access to affordable dental care, are 28 percent more likely to rate their oral health as excellent or very good, according to an NADP Consumer Survey.

Results of the survey, which polled more than 6,000 consumers, were released Monday.

The survey also showed those without dental benefits – dental insurance or discount dental plans – were 2.5 times less likely to visit the dentist than those with dental benefits. Even among people with periodontal disease, which has been linked to numerous health complications including heart disease, 48 percent of those without dental benefits had not received treatment.

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