New Jersey has the highest number of dentists per capita of any state, according to the American Dental Association and America’s Health Rankings, an annual study conducted by the United Health Foundation, with 81.2 practicing dentists for every 100,000 residents. Nationally, the number is 60.5 per 100,000.
Alaska is the state with the second-highest number of dentists per capita, with 78.3, followed by Massachusetts (78) and California (76.6).
Despite the state’s top rating in terms of the number of dentists, New Jerseyans only ranked ninth when it came to the number of people who said they had visited a dental professional within the past year. Only 70.1 percent of New Jerseyans said they had done so, while the average in the country was 61.7 percent.