Which State Has Women With the Nicest Smiles?

Women in Connecticut are great about sticking to a regular schedule of dentist appointments. In Mississippi, not as much.

If you live in Connecticut, you’ve made going to the dentist when you’re supposed to a priority. In the Constitution State, 83.7 percent of women make time to go to the dentist at least once a year. Women in Massachusetts, Minnesota, Iowa and Rhode Island also score high marks when it comes to dental hygiene.

Dental health is clearly connected to overall health, reports The Mayo Clinic. If left unchecked, the bacteria that cause tooth decay and gum disease can enter the bloodstream and trigger the inflammation that is a hallmark of heart disease. Dental care is especially important for women with diabetes because of the increased risk of gum infections that can lead to tooth loss. It may be no coincidence that Mississippi women have both the worst rate of diabetes and the lowest percentage of women who see a dentist annually.

Here are the state rankings for women visiting the dentist: #1 has the best teeth; #50 needs to get to the dentist pronto. All numbers are percentages of women who are getting to the dentist at least once a year.

Rank State %
1 Connecticut 83.7
2 Massachusetts 82.8
3 Minnesota 80.2
4 Iowa 80
5 Rhode Island 79
6 New Hampshire 78.3
6 Wisconsin 78.3
8 Virginia 77.9
9 Maryland 77.2
10 South Dakota 77.1
11 Vermont 77
12 New Jersey 76.9
13 Delaware 76.4
14 Utah 76.2
15 Kansas 75.7
16 Hawaii 75.2
17 New York 75
18 Ohio 74.8
19 North Dakota 74.5
20 Pennsylvania 74.4
21 Michigan 74.3
22 Washington 73.8
23 Nebraska 73.4
24 Alaska 73.3
25 Oregon 72.4
26 Maine 72.3
27 California 72
28 Georgia 71.9
28 Illinois 71.9
30 Idaho 71.6
31 Wyoming 71.5
32 Indiana 71.2
33 Arizona 70.6
34 Colorado 70.4
35 North Carolina 70.2
36 New Mexico 70.1
37 Tennessee 69
38 Nevada 68.3
39 Florida 67.2
40 Kentucky 66.9
41 Louisiana 66.3
42 Alabama 66
43 Missouri 65.2
44 South Carolina 64.4
45 Arkansas 63.9
46 Montana 63.4
46 West Virginia 63.4
48 Texas 63.7
49 Oklahoma 59.7
50 Mississippi 59.6

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2010

See the State of Women methodology and sources.

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