Sunday, February 4, 2018

States with the Best & Worst Dental Health-- How Does TN Rank?

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With February being National Children’s Dental Health Month and dental health having an effect on appearance, general well-being and even earnings, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018's States with the Best & Worst Dental Health.

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 25 key metrics. The 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.
Source: WalletHub

States with the Best Dental HealthStates with the Worst Dental Health
2Wisconsin43South Carolina
5North Dakota46Louisiana
6District of Columbia47Montana
7Michigan48West Virginia
9South Dakota50Arkansas

Tennessee's Score

So, how does Tennessee compare to the other 50 states in terms of healthy teeth? The great State of TN came in at a disappointing #38 due to poor dental habits and tooth care as well as oral health risk. Another factor contributing to Tennessee's dental woes and under-performing ranking is Tenn. has the fewest dentists per residents with only 16 dentists per 100,000 Tennesseans.
Overall Rank
Total Score
‘Dental Habits & Care’ Rank
‘Oral Health’ Rank

Best vs. Worst
  • Rhode Island has the lowest share of the population who couldn’t afford more dental visits due to costs, 37 percent, which is two times lower than in Georgia, the highest at 74 percent.
  • Massachusetts has the most dentists per 100,000 residents, 48, which is three times more than in Tennessee, the fewest at 16.
  • The District of Columbia has the highest share of the population who receive fluoridated water, 100 percent, which is 8.5 times higher than in Hawaii, the lowest at 11.70 percent.
  • Minnesota, Hawaii and Illinois have the lowest share of adults with poor or fair oral condition, 22 percent, which is 1.8 times lower than in Montana, the highest at 40 percent.
  • Hawaii has the lowest share of adults aged 65 and older with no natural teeth, 5.6 percent, which is 5.4 times lower than in West Virginia, the highest at 30.4 percent. 

To view the full report and your state or the District’s rank, please visit:    

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