Study: Oklahoma ranks in states where people are least likely to visit the dentist


OKLAHOMA CITY – The latest poll from Gallup is revealing some concerning information about Oklahomans and the dentist.

The numbers show states in the south have residents who are least likely to visit the dentist.

Even worse, Oklahoma ranks in the group of states where the most people report they aren’t making it in for office visits.

The USA Today reported, according to the poll, Arizona is the worst state for regular dentist check ups with almost 60 percent of locals reporting they don’t go.

Oklahoma is tied with Louisiana at No. 9 with about 55 percent saying they don’t go.

The state where the most people say they go to the dentist? Connecticut where almost 75 percent say they make regular exams.

States where the fewest percentage of people went to the dentist:

• Arizona (59.3%)
• Missouri (59.0%)
• Kentucky (58.6%)
• Tennessee (56.9%)
• West Virginia (56.6%)
• Texas (56.3%)
• Arkansas (56.1%)
• Louisiana (55.2%)
• Louisiana (55.2%)
• Oklahoma (55.2%)
• Mississippi (53.0%)

States where the largest percentage of people visited a dentist:

• Connecticut (74.9%)
• Massachusetts (74.5%)
• Rhode Island (73.8%)
• Alaska (72.6%)
• Wisconsin (72.4%)
• Minnesota (71.9%)
• North Dakota (71.4%)
• Utah (71.4%)
• Delaware (70.9%)
• South Dakota (70.7%).

Methodology: Results are based on telephone interviews conducted as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey Jan. 2 to Dec. 29, 2013, with a random sample of 178,072 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

MORE: See the full story from the USA Today here

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