I'm going to chalk this up to... "Never complain it can always be worst". As a kid I always hated going to the dentist. It was never a pleasant experience and as an adult it didn't get much better. Full disclosure... It's 4pm and I have a dentist appointment at 6pm so this might be anxiety typing. According to the dentist I do a good job of taking care of my teeth. Most people have their teeth cleaned twice a year, I have it done three times however, it seems as though every time I go to the dentist for a cleaning or check up they're constantly trying to sell me something and I hate that. Thanks to WalletHub's  study called 2021's States with the Best & Worst Dental Health, I now know that Idaho made the top 10 and is actually rated number 8. Maybe the reason I disliked going to the dentist was because I lived in a state ranked 21st on this list... Hence  "Never complain it can always be worst". I'm off to the dentist, feel free to check out the full list and insights to Idaho's Dental health below.

 

Dental Health in Idaho (1=Best; 25=Avg.):

  • 4th – % of Adolescents Who Visited a Dentist in the Past Year
  • 21st – Dental Treatment Costs
  • 7th – Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption
  • 17th – % of Adults with Poor or Fair Oral Condition
  • 10th – % of Adults Who Experienced Oral Pain in the Past Year
  • 5th – % of Adults with Low Life Satisfaction Due to Their Oral Condition

States with the Best & Worst Dental Health

Overall Rank StateTotal Score Dental Habits & Care Oral Health 
1Wisconsin74.9516
2Illinois74.9381
3District of Columbia74.9027
4Minnesota74.1234
5Connecticut72.38103
6North Dakota70.6569
7Michigan70.35411
8Idaho68.41912
9Massachusetts68.02713
10New Jersey65.47422
11Ohio64.20328
12Iowa63.041216
13Rhode Island62.381119
14Washington62.053710
15South Dakota61.521914
16Hawaii61.51475
17Indiana60.441817
18Nebraska60.051524
19Georgia59.752515
20Oregon59.441722
21Arizona59.382118
22Delaware58.532220
23Kansas58.012321
24Virginia57.691627
25Vermont57.66534
26New Hampshire56.921432
27Maryland56.682426
28Utah54.321339
29Missouri54.144023
30New York53.252631
31North Carolina52.802730
32Colorado51.822038
33Pennsylvania51.604925
34Maine50.512835
35Nevada50.044528
36Oklahoma49.984429
37New Mexico49.893433
38Wyoming47.254636
39South Carolina46.784140
40Tennessee45.904837
41Kentucky45.393542
42California45.302943
43Florida45.263841
44Alaska41.193146
45Texas41.113047
46Alabama40.884345
47Louisiana40.635044
48Montana38.883948
49Arkansas35.663650
50West Virginia34.893351
51Mississippi33.085149

Note: With the exception of “Total Score,” all of the columns in the table above depict the relative rank of that state, where a rank of 1 represents the best conditions for that metric category.

 

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