What does it take to be a leader (or laggard) in dental health? Here are 10 indicators, and the states that are best or worst for each.
Highest percentage of adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year: New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Idaho and Rhode Island.
Lowest percentage of adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year: Arkansas, Missouri, Nevada, Tennessee and Florida.
Highest percentage of adults who visited a dentist in the past year: Connecticut, District of Columbia, Rhode Island, Minnesota and Massachusetts.
Lowest percentage of adults who visited a dentist in the past year: West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Lowest dental treatment costs: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.
Highest dental treatment costs: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
Most dentists per capita: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Montana, California and New Jersey.
Fewest dentists per capita: Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Idaho and Louisiana.
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