Texas ranked among worst states for dental health

When was the last time you went to the dentist? If you’re embarrassed by how long you’ve been dodging your dentist office’s appointment reminder calls, emails and postcards, you’re not alone. Texas is apparently one of the worst states in the country for dental health, according to a new study.

(Photo Illustration by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

(Photo Illustration by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

WalletHub ranked Texas as the seventh-worst state for dental health after studying Americans’ dental care, oral health and dental habits. Those factors also include treatment costs, dentist per capita, number of sugary beverages consumed, number of smokers, the presence of fluoridated water and the various oral issues Texans face.

Texas scored low in several categories in the study, with Texas residents among the lowest percentage of adults who have visited a dentist in the last year. Texas was also the state with the highest number of adults with low life satisfaction due to their oral health.

The only states ranking worse than Texas in the study were Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Montana, Alabama and West Virginia. The study says the best states for dental health are Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota and Connecticut.

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