During each year from 2013-2016, approximately 15.2% of the U.S. population needed
dental care but did not obtain it.
Financial reasons such as “could not afford the cost,” “insurance did not cover
procedures,” and “did not want to spend the money” were the top three barriers cited for
not obtaining needed dental care. Respondents less frequently cited non-financial
barriers such as “afraid or do not like dentists,” “dental office is too far away,” or “too
Financial barriers to obtaining needed dental care were reported most frequently among
low-income working-age adults and seniors as well as high-income working-age adults.