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2019-02-06 / News

Michigan Ranks Seventh in States with Best Dental Health

In order to determine the places with the best dental health in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states and District of Columbia across two key dimensions: dental habits and health and oral health. States were ranked in each category and then assigned a overall rank based on their total scores.

The Midwest showed a largely positive trend, taking five of the top 10 spots. Michigan managed to come in seventh overall, falling behind Wisconsin, North Dakota, Minnesota, Connecticut, Illinois and the District of Columbia, respectively. New Jersey, Massachusetts and Ohio round out the top 10.

At the other end of the spectrum, several southern states dominated the worst dental health chart. Arkansas came in last overall, scoring 50th out of 51 in both individual categories. It was followed by Mississippi, West Virginia, Alabama, Louisiana, Alaska, Texas, Florida, Montana and California.

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

15th – Percent of Adolescents Who Visited a Dentist in the Past Year

15th – Percent Of Adults Who Visited a Dentist in the Past Year

16th – Dental Treatment Costs

11th – Dentists per Capita

24th – Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption

10th – Percent of Adults with Poor or Fair Oral Condition

10th – Percent of Adults Who Experienced Oral Pain in the Past Year

5th – Percent of Adults with Low Life Satisfaction Due to Their Oral Condition

Dental habits and care scores were based on the following:

—Share of Adolescents Who Visited a Dentist in the Past Year

—Share of Adults Who Visited a Dentist in the Past Year

—Dental Treatment Costs*

—Reduced Dentist Visits Due to Costs

—Dentists per Capita

—Dental Professionals per Capita

—Free or Low Cost Dental Clinics per Capita

—Share of Population Living in Dental HPSAs (Health Professional Shortage Areas)

—Dentists Supply -Demand Ratio by 2025

—Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption Among Adolescents

—Share of Adult Smokers

—Share of People Who Receive Fluoridated Water Through PWSs (Public Water Systems)

—Presence of State Oral Health Plan

—Presence of School- Based Dental Sealant Programs

—Medicaid Dental Benefits for Nonelderly Adults

—Presence of State Dental Periodicity Schedule

—Status of Older Adult Basic Screening Survey

—Oral Health Knowledge Index

Oral health scores were determined based on the following criteria:

—Poor or Fair Oral Condition*

—Share of Elderly Population with No Natural Teeth

—Pain Due to Oral Condition*

—Dry Mouth Due to Oral Condition

—Sleeping Problems Due to Oral Condition

—Reduced Life Satisfaction Due to Oral Condition

—Reduced Social Participation Due to Oral Condition

—Work Absence Due to Oral Condition

* Criteria considered twice as influential as others when determining scores.

Data used to create this ranking were collected from U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Health Care Strategies, Healthy Grid, American Dental Association, Health Resources & Services Administration, United Health Foundation, Free Dental Care, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health America.

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