Cities With The Worst Dental Health In The United States

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Posted December 6, 2012 by Tiffany Weekes
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The fact that 75 percent of people in the United States will develop gum disease at some point in their lives shows that the vast majority of Americans are not taking care of their teeth as well as they should. However, some cities have far worst dental health than others. Below is a list of the cities that have the worst dental health in the country:

 

Biloxi, Mississippi

Eating fruits and vegetables can help keep one’s teeth healthy. However, most of Biloxi’s residents do not get the recommended five servings of vegetables per day. In fact, Biloxi has one of the lowest fruit and veggie consumption rates in the country. Smoking is a major risk factor for tooth loss, and Biloxi also has the third-highest smoking rate in the country. Additionally, Biloxi has fewer dentists than most other cities in America.

Furthermore, Biloxi has the lowest dental visitation rate in the country. That is exactly why Biloxi has the seventh-highest tooth loss rate in America. Not only do many residents in Biloxi have poor dental health, but they also have poor overall health. This city has one of the lowest exercise rates in the country.

 

Huntington, West Virginia

Huntington has the highest-smoking rate in the country. It also has a low dentist visitation rate. That is why Huntington has the highest tooth loss rate in the country. Additionally, Huntington has one of the highest heart disease and diabetes rates in the country.

 

Mobile, Alabama

Mobile has one of the highest smoking rates in the country. It also has the third-highest tooth loss rate. Obesity is another major health issue that is affecting many of the residents in Mobile. It is estimated that 32 percent of people who live in this city are obese. Mobile also has one of the lowest-physical activity rates in the country.

 

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Most of the residents in Tulsa do not get the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. This city also has the ninth-highest smoking rate in the country, so it should be no surprise that many of the people who live in this city have poor dental health.

 

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge is known for being the capital of Louisiana. It is also known for being one of the cities that has very poor dental health. Baton Rouge has fewer dentists than most other cities in the United States. This city also has a very low rate of fruit and veggie consumption. Baton Rouge has the fifth-highest tooth loss rate in the country. Sedentary living is another major problem that residents in this city have. Baton Rouge has the second-lowest physical activity rate in the country.

 

How Can This Problem Be Remedied?

There are a number of things that residents in this city can do to improve their dental health. They need to make sure that they are flossing and brushing. They also need to go to the dentist semi-annually. Furthermore, people need to eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

 

Kyle Sanders is the content director for a dental clinic in Austin. Check out their dental blog for great, useful dental care tips.