Gallup Poll: Connecticut leads nation in dental visits

Connecticut residents lead the nation in dentist visits for the third year in a row, according to the results of a Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index survey conducted between January and December of 2013.

According to survey results, released May 1: 74.9% of Connecticut residents said they had visited a dentist in the last year, making Connecticut one of three states — including Massachusetts and Rhode Island — where nearly 75% of residents visited a dentist.

Since Gallup and Healthways began tracking Americans' dental visits in 2008, Connecticut has in the top 10 states for dental visits each year and has taken the No. 1 spot four times: 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

The poll findings are based on interviews with a random sample of 178,072 American adults living in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., who were asked whether they visited a dentist in the last 12 months, according to Gallup.

Regionally, residents of eastern states are most likely to report visiting the dentist in the past year, according to Gallup's findings, while residents of southern states are least likely to visit the dentist.

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Gallup found that dental visits relate to having money for healthcare and insurance rates.

According to Gallup, "Residents of the 10 states with the highest dental visit rates are somewhat more likely to say they have enough money to pay for healthcare than residents in the 10 states with the lowest dental visit rates."

The bottom 10 states for dental visits have a higher uninsured rate of 20.5%, while the top 10 states for dental visits have an uninsured rate of 12.6%, according to Gallup.

Gallup concluded that "a relationship between dental visits and income exists, and those states with fewer reported visits also have, on average, a relatively lower percentage of residents with enough money to pay for healthcare and a higher percentage of uninsured residents."

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