Dental health is the best and worst in these states: Report

Dental health is the best and worst in these states: Report

On Thursday, WalletHub published a report that found which states — including Washington, D.C. — are the best and worst for dental care.

One of the important factors the financial website considered was the cost of dental care and treatments.

On average, a checkup costs between $90 and $137, WalletHub reported. Meanwhile, a filling can cost between $230 and $313 and a crown can cost more than $1,200.

Aside from the cost, WalletHub also looked at 25 other metrics in two categories: dental care habits, and oral health.

Some of the other measurements the website analyzed included share of adults who visited a dentist in the past year, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among adolescents, oral health knowledge, share of elderly population with no natural teeth and work absence due to oral condition.

Aside from the overall ranking, WalletHub found that the state with the lowest sugar-sweetened beverage consumption was Connecticut while the highest was Arkansas.

It also found that Utah has the lowest percentage of adult smokers and West Virginia has the highest percentage.

As far as dental treatment costs go, five states tied for the lowest costs. Those states included Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.

Meanwhile, six states tied for the most expensive dental costs, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.

Here are the best and worst states — including Washington, D.C. — for dental health, according to WalletHub.

10 Worst States for Dental Health

42. Florida

43. Kentucky

44. Alaska

45. Texas

46. Alabama

47. Louisiana

48. Montana

49. West Virginia

50. Arkansas

51. Mississippi

10 Best States for Dental Health

10. Iowa

9. Idaho

8. Massachusetts

7. Michigan

6. North Dakota

5. Connecticut

4. Washington, D.C.

3. Minnesota

2. Illinois

1. Wisconsin

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