Most people don’t like visiting the dentist, especially if they haven’t kept up with their brushing and flossing. Some have dental anxiety and phobia.
According to the CDC, 36% of adults have gone over a year without seeing a dentist. But prevention is cheaper than treatment.
Illinois ranks among states with the best dental health, coming in at 5th overall.
And Kentucky ranks among the states with the worst dental health. It comes in at 35th.
While Indiana is ranked in the middle at 25th.
WalletHub.com did a study on which states have the best and worst dental health. They based these ranking on 26 key indicators of dental wellness.
Some of those indicators include the 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.
Other states with the best dental health include Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Connecticut.
The states with the worst dental health include Alaska, Louisiana, Alabama, West Virginia, Mississippi, and Arkansas.
To see how your state ranks, click here.
(This story was originally published on February 1, 2019)