CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WBOY) — To go along with February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month, WalletHub has released its 2021’s States with the Best & Worst Dental Health report and West Virginia does not fair well.
The Mountain State ranks second-worst in the nation, ahead of only Mississippi when it comes to overall dental health. The study looked at 26 individual metrics. The individual rankings below show what led to the overall ranking.
Dental Health in West Virginia (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
18th – % of Adolescents Who Visited a Dentist in the Past Year
29th – Dental Treatment Costs
37th – % of Adults with Poor or Fair Oral Condition
44th – Dentists per Capita
41st – Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption
49th – % of Adults Who Experienced Oral Pain in the Past Year
49th – % of Adults with Low Life Satisfaction Due to Their Oral Condition
50th – % Of Adults Who Visited a Dentist in the Past Year
51st – % Of Adult Smokers
51st – % Of Elderly Population with No Natural Teeth
Joining Mississippi and West Virginia in the bottom five are: Arkansas, Montana and Louisiana.
The top five states in the report are: Wisconsin, Illinois, Washington, D.C., Minnesota and Connecticut.
You can find a list of free or sliding fee dental clinics in West Virginia here.
Activities to get kids involved in National Children’s Dental Health Month can be downloaded here.