(WEHT) February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 36% of adults have gone more than a year without seeing a dentist.
So WalletHub did a study to determine which states have the best– and worst– dental care. To get these results, they looked at dental habits and care, and oral health.
According to their study, Illinois came in at #2, Indiana is #21, and Kentucky came in near the bottom of the list at #43.
Illinois ranked very high in lowest percent of adults with poor or fair oral condition, and the state has one of the lowest rates of toothaches.
Indiana didn’t make the top five of any the categories. Indiana was listed as a state with some of the most smokers, as well as Kentucky.
Kentucky was also in the top 5 for many of the “worst” categories like fewest dentists per capita, and highest percentage of elderly population with no natural teeth.
Wisconsin had the best dental health, while Mississippi ranked at the very bottom.
WalletHub also points out that a dental checkup costs between $90-$137, while a filling can go for $230-$313, and a crown can set you back more than $1,200.
To read the full study, click here.
(This story was originally published on Feb. 6, 2020)