Do People From Wisconsin Have The Best Teeth In The U.S.?
Some people like visiting the dentist and some don't. In a recent study, people from Wisconsin may have the best teeth in the United States.
The financial website, Wallet Hub is at again. This time the website broke down States with the best and worst dental health. Before we dive into where the "Dairy State" ranks and what all into determining the ranking; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that 37% of adults in the U.S. have admitted to going a full year without visiting the dentist.
The CDC also recommends the following dental hygiene:
- Brush teeth with fluoride toothpaste thoroughly twice a day
- Floss (not the dance move) daily between the teeth to remove plaque
- Schedule dentist visits at least once a year
- Don't use any tobacco products or try to quit if you do.
I'm sure some mouthwash wouldn't hurt either. Some of the determining factors while comparing all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia were about 26 key indicators of dental wellness. Each of the following metrics were graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 being the best for the most favorable conditions for dental health:
- Dental Habits and Care that included adults and kids who visited a dentist in the past year, dental treatment costs, dental professionals per capita, and more.
- Oral health included poor or fair oral condition, elders with no natural teeth, sleeping problems and pain due to oral condition, and more.
Before we dive into the top ten, here's a map of the data:
Here Are The Top Ten States With Best Dental Health
The Badger State takes the cake with a total score of 71.69, coming in at number 1 with Dental Habits and Care, and number 7 at Oral Health.
The Land of Lincoln rolls in at 2 with a total score of 73.63, ranking 9th in Dental Habits and 1st in Oral Health.
District of Columbia
Came in at the 3 spot, with a total score of 73.59, ranking 2nd in Dental Habits, and 6th in Oral Health.
The Land of 10,000 Lakes is number 4 with a total score of 73.34, ranking 6th in Dental Habits, and 4th in Oral Health.
The Constitution State rounds up the top 5 with a total score of 71.49, ranking 14th in Dental Habits, and 2nd in Oral Health.
The Peace Garden State came in hot at number 6 with a total score of 71.38, ranking 5th in Dental Habits, and 8th in Oral Health.
Nothing but Great Lakes, great times, and great teeth for the Wolverine State coming in at 7th. The state got a total score of 70.45, ranking 3rd in Dental Habits, and 12th in Oral Health.
Coming in at the 8 spot is the Gem State with a total score of 70.19, coming in at 4th in Dental Habits, and 11th in Oral Health.
The Bay State gets 9th with a total score of 68.17, ranking 7th in Dental Habits, and 13th in Oral Health.
Rounding out the top ten is the Buckeye State with a total score of 66.37, coming in at 20th at Dental Habits, and 9th at Oral Health.
Were you surprised Wisconsin came out on top? We may never know if Wisconsinites have the best teeth, but apparently, they have the best dental health according to this study. Keep brushing to help your state beat out the Dairy State.