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11 States with the Worst Dental Health

This WalletHub ranking used 23 indicators to gauge and rank the level of oral health in each state. Some of those indicators included the share of adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year, the share of adults who visited a dentist in the past year, and the cost of dental treatments, among others. WalletHub used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Census Bureau and the American Dental Association.
Sarah Handzel, BSN, RN
PUBLISHED: Monday, February 20, 2017

Access to oral health care has proven to be a problem in Alaska, contributing to the state's low ranking in this WalletHub analysis.

Want to see where your state stands in terms of dental health? Now you can – for 2017, WalletHub has ranked the best states for dental health. The report from WalletHub also included information about states with the worst dental health rankings in the country.
 
WalletHub used 23 key indicators of oral health to rank individual states and the District of Columbia, with each indicator assigned a corresponding value. Data for the rankings was collected from a variety of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Census Bureau, and the American Dental Association.
 
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The metrics included in the rankings show states where there needs to be significant improvement in the availability and utilization of dental care providers and services. States could accumulate up to 100 points, and the higher the number, the better the ranking the state received. Metrics were based on a state’s score for various indicators, including “share of adults who visited a dentist in the past year,” “presence of state oral health plan” and “poor or fair oral condition.”
 
Click the next page to see the worst state rankings, starting with number 41.


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