Massachusetts Residents Go to the Dentist Often

Annual visits are most common in the Northeast, least common in the South.

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New Englanders love the dentist, at least according to a new Gallup poll.

More than 178,000 American adults were interviewed in 2013 as a part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. Respondents were asked whether they visited the dentist in the last 12 months. In Massachusetts, nearly three in four residents visited a dentist in that timeframe.

Connecticut took the top spot, with Massachusetts a very close (three-tenths of a percentage point) behind, followed by Rhode Island, Alaska, and Wisconsin.

According to the poll:

Residents of Eastern states are the most likely to report visiting the dentist in the past year and hold the top three positions in the state rankings. Residents in the Midwest are the second-most likely to report visiting the dentist in the past year, and four Midwestern states are included within the top 10 for 2013. Residents of Southern states are the least likely to go to the dentist and make up eight of the bottom 10 states for dental visits.

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