Many people look forward to visiting their dentist about as much as they savor the prospect of a root canal. Others wish they could get into a dentist’s chair, but can’t because of the cost. In the United States, 36% of adults go more than a year without seeing a dentist. But, as a new report on dental health in the U.S. notes, the cost of prevention can be far less than the cost of treatment; the report is by WalletHub, the credit rating and financial advice website. While a checkup can cost $90-$137 on average, a filling can go for more than double that ($230-$313) and a crown can cost over $1,200.
To determine which Americans have the healthiest teeth and gums, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 26 key indicators of dental wellness, including density of dental professionals, the presence of fluoridated water (which can help prevent tooth decay), frequency of visits to a dentist, and cost of treatment. New Jersey ended up in 11th place. The top 10 were Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, District of Columbia, Connecticut, North Dakota, Michigan, Massachusetts, Idaho and Iowa.