Worst states for dental health vs overall healthcare

Mississippi is the worst state for dental health and overall healthcare, according to personal finance website WalletHub.

In a report released Feb. 1, WalletHub identified the states with the best and worst dental health. It analyzed each state and Washington D.C., across two dimensions: dental habits and care and oral health. The website then examined those dimensions using 26 metrics including dentists per capita, share of adult smokers and the presence of a state oral health plan. Read more about the methodology here.

In a report released Aug. 1, WalletHub assessed which states are the best and worst for healthcare. The website evaluated each state and Washington, D.C., regarding healthcare cost, access and outcomes using 42 metrics. Read more about the methodology here.

Here are the 10 worst states for dental health and healthcare, according to WalletHub:

1. Dental health: Mississippi

Healthcare: Mississippi

2. Dental health: Arkansas

Healthcare: Alabama

3. Dental health: West Virginia

Healthcare: Louisiana

4. Dental health: Montana

Healthcare: Oklahoma

5. Dental health: Texas

Healthcare: Arkansas

6. Dental health: Louisiana

Healthcare: West Virginia

7. Dental health: Alaska

Healthcare: South Carolina

8. Dental health: Alabama

Healthcare: Texas

9. Dental health: California

Healthcare: Georgia

10. Dental health: Florida

Healthcare: Tennessee

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