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8 updates on the state of America’s dental health in 2022

A study named Connecticut as the top place for dental health and seven other updates on the oral health of Americans in 2022:

1. CareQuest Institute for Oral Health’s second annual State of Oral Health Equity survey revealed that 77 million adults in the U.S. do not have dental insurance.

2. Connecticut ranked as the No. 1 place for dental health while Arkansas ranked last, according to a study from provider Express Dentists.

3. A first-of-its-kind study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Dentistry in Indianapolis provided new details about the longevity of teeth post-root canal.

4. A report from Delta Dental showed many Americans are not aware of the link between poor oral health and serious medical conditions. 

5. Dental care was delayed more than any other care by older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report from the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. 

6. Regular preventive dental visits for Medicaid patients were linked to improved healthcare outcomes such as lower dental costs and fewer oral surgeries, according to a study by the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. 

7. Fourteen states have worked to improve dental coverage for residents under Medicaid in 2022, according to the American Dental Association.

8. Forty-nine percent of people with healthcare debt attribute some of it to dental bills, according to the KFF Health Care Debt Survey.

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