States with the Best and Worst Dental Health

Many people dislike visiting their dentist, especially if they haven’t kept up with their brushing and flossing. Some even have dental anxiety and phobia. But there are other people who wish they could go yet can’t afford it. According to the CDC, 36% of adults have gone over a year without seeing a dentist. The costs of frequent dental checks are worth it, though. A checkup costs $90-$137 on average while a filling can go for $230-$313 and a crown typically sets you back over $1,200. Prevention is cheaper than treatment.

But brushing, flossing and getting an annual checkup aren’t the only things that impact dental health. Where you live can have an effect, too. For example, certain areas of the U.S. have a higher density of dental professionals. And one of the biggest locational factors is the presence of fluoridated water, which can help prevent tooth decay. It’s so important, in fact, that the CDC projects that by 2020 nearly 80% of public water will have this benefit.

In order to determine which places have the healthiest teeth and gums in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 26 key indicators of dental wellness. Our data set ranges from share of adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year to dental treatment costs to share of adults with low life satisfaction due to oral condition.

Overall Rank
(1=Best)
State Total Score ‘Dental Habits & Care’ Rank ‘Oral Health’ Rank
1 Wisconsin 72.87 1 6
2 North Dakota 71.22 2 9
3 Minnesota 71.18 6 4
4 Connecticut 70.71 11 2
5 Illinois 70.39 22 1
6 District of Columbia 69.06 8 8
7 Michigan 66.83 10 11
8 New Jersey 65.73 38 3
9 Massachusetts 65.59 7 13
10 Ohio 65.11 34 7
11 Washington 64.14 31 10
12 Rhode Island 64.05 4 17
13 Idaho 63.43 26 12
14 Iowa 62.75 5 18
15 Hawaii 61.75 43 5
16 South Dakota 61.44 17 14
17 Oregon 60.93 9 21
18 Kansas 59.35 19 20
19 Delaware 58.94 18 23
20 Arizona 58.25 27 19
21 Nebraska 58.17 20 25
22 Vermont 57.49 3 35
23 Missouri 57.04 32 22
24 Maryland 56.85 25 26
25 Indiana 56.82 37 15
26 Virginia 56.71 12 28
27 Georgia 56.34 39 16
28 North Carolina 55.75 15 31
29 New Hampshire 55.10 16 32
30 New York 53.67 28 29
31 Colorado 53.34 13 37
32 New Mexico 52.64 24 33
33 Maine 51.92 29 34
34 Utah 51.60 21 39
35 Kentucky 51.17 14 41
36 Pennsylvania 50.85 46 24
37 Oklahoma 49.63 42 30
38 Wyoming 48.82 36 38
39 Nevada 48.29 47 27
40 South Carolina 46.29 41 40
41 Tennessee 44.70 48 36
42 California 43.01 40 43
43 Montana 42.68 23 48
44 Florida 42.34 45 42
45 Texas 41.56 33 47
46 Alaska 41.56 35 46
47 Louisiana 38.53 51 44
48 Alabama 38.48 49 45
49 West Virginia 36.63 30 51
50 Mississippi 32.97 44 49
51 Arkansas 31.25 50 50

Sadly, Arkansas is at the VERY BOTTOM. 

Considering how dental health affects overall health, does it not concern you?

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Extracted from https://wallethub.com/edu/states-with-best-worst-dental-health/31498/

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