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Many a West Chester dentist, or anywhere else in the US, tell their patients to come back regularly, and not to miss their appointments, on top of the usual warnings and advice about dental health, and some of them say that their advice tends to go unheeded.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s actually happening. The CDC recently released their report on national dental hygiene in the US, which noted that about 36% of American adults have gone at least a whole year without going to a dentist. This is bad, as there’s already an abundance of clear evidence that says that the cost of prevention is much lower compared to the cost of treatment. A checkup ranges from $90 to $137 on average, while a single filling can cost anywhere between $230 to $313. Meanwhile, a crown will be far heavier on the wallet, costing at least $1,200, according to the report.
The report, however, also note that there’s more than just people maintaining their own dental health, as there are other variables that affect their dental health. People’s location is also a variable, as certain areas in the United States have more dentist professionals compared to others. Another major factor when it comes to dental health is the presence of fluoridated water in an area, which the report notes can help fight off tooth decay.
WalletHub, meanwhile, made their own study in order to see which states in the US has the healthiest teeth and gums, comparing data from the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, analyzing 26 key indicators of dental wellness, with the researchers ranking every state based off dental habits and oral health.
On top of the list is Wisconsin, with Arkansas at the rear. New Jersey sits at eighth, while Pennsylvania ranks at 36th, to the dismay of many a West Chester dentist in the state.
The report also took a look at things like adult dental visits, adolescent dental visits, treatment costs, and number of dentists. Pennsylvania managed to rank in at second in terms of adolescent dental visits at 2018.