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Michigan ranks high among states for adolescent dental health

In this Oct. 26, 2019, photo, dentist Demetrio Cardenas, left, checks inside the mouth of a patient in a shelter for migrants in Tijuana, Mexico. The health crisis spans both sides of the border. In the past year, at least three children, detained by U.S. Border Patrol agents, have died from the flu while being held. They include a 16-year-old boy who was seen on security footage writhing in agony on the floor in a U.S. Border Patrol holding cell. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, and WalletHub reports that 15 percent of kids in the US between the ages of 2 and 17 have not seen a dentist in the past year.

A recent ranking of all 50 states and the District of Columbia had Michigan in the Top 10 among states with the best dental health across 26 key metrics. Indiana finished 21st. The top spot was Wisconsin’s, and Mississippi finished last.

The data looked at adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year, as well as dental treatment costs and the share of adults with low life satisfaction due to the health of their teeth and gums. You can learn more at by clicking here.


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