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Survey Says: It’s the Smile

Posted on Thursday, June 5, 2014

OAK BROOK, Ill. (June 5, 2014) – A new survey from Delta Dental finds more reasons to celebrate the smile during National Smile Month this June. According to the survey of more than 1,000 Americans nationwide, a smile is the most important physical feature that contributes to a person’s attractiveness.1 And, more than six of 10 Americans (64 percent) say a smile has some bearing on a person’s overall success.

Nearly one-half of Americans (47 percent) cited the smile as the most important physical feature, followed by eyes (27 percent) and physique (16 percent). Men and women agreed on the order, though women said they put more emphasis on a person’s eyes.

According to Jennifer Elliott, vice president of the Delta Dental Plans Association, Delta Dental sponsored its Oral Health and Well-Being Survey to shine a spotlight on the importance of oral health and its relation to overall well-being.

“Delta Dental is dedicated to improving oral health, so we asked Americans about a wide variety of topics, both serious and light, related to their oral health,” Elliott says. “One finding is that people who go to the dentist at least once a year are actually more likely to feel better about their lives.”

Americans Like Their Smiles

More than six of 10 Americans (64 percent) say they like their smile, and almost a third (31 percent) wouldn’t change a thing about it. Those who would change their smile most frequently cited cosmetic improvements such as whitening or straightening of teeth.

“The fact that most Americans like their smiles is a good sign, and Delta Dental is committed to providing access to great oral health care and education so Americans can continue to feel good about their own personal smiles.” Elliott says.

For more results from the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey, visit

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