We know the answer isn't taxes, roads without potholes, or weather, so what is Illinois the BEST state in the country for in 2024, the answer will surprise you...

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According to WalletHub, Illinois is the best state in the country for Dental Health in 2024. Illinois sits atop WalletHub's list of the States with the Best & Worst Dental Health 2024, beating out Wisconsin, Idaho, Minnesota, and Michigan which round out the top 5. How did they determine these rankings? On the site, they say...

"According to the CDC, 36% of adults have gone over a year without seeing a dentist. The costs of frequent dental checks are absolutely worth it...In order to determine where people have the healthiest teeth and gums in the U.S., WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 25 key indicators of dental wellness. Our data set ranges from the share of adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year to dental treatment costs to dentists per capita."

Illinois ranks 1st in their Overall Oral Heath category, 7th in the Dental Habits and Care category, and they say specifically about Illinois...

"Illinois is the best state for dental health, in part because it has the lowest percentage of people who have frequently experienced pain or problems sleeping in the past year due to the condition of their mouth and teeth"

The article goes on to say how it also helps that almost everyone in Illinois has access to fluorinated water, to see the complete list for yourself, click here! 

For our readers in Missouri, it's not all bad! Missouri ranks 28th on the list, and that is mainly due to a poor ranking in the Overall Oral Health category.

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