Which states visit the dentist most often?

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Connecticut residents are the most likely to say they visited a dentist in the past 12 months. The Nutmeg State is also one of just three states – along with Massachusetts and Rhode Island – where nearly three in four residents visited a dentist in the last year.

By contrast, according to new data from Gallup, just over half of Mississippi residents saw a dentist in the last year, putting Mississippi at the bottom of the list.

Almost 72 percent of Minnesotans say they saw a dentist in the last 12 months. That's more than the national rate of nearly 65 percent.

Annual dentist visits are most common in the Northeast, least common in the South:

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Five states, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, have ranked in the top 10 states for dental visits every year since Gallup and Healthways began daily tracking in 2008. Connecticut has taken the top spot four times – from 2011-2013, and in 2009. On the other hand, eight states – Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, West Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky – have ranked in the bottom 10 every year since 2008.

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