Poll finds reason to smile in Connecticut

Flash those pearly whites: Connecticut's Ryan Boatright smiles during a parade celebrating the men's basketball team's tournament win, in Hartford, Conn., on Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Fred Beckham)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – Unless people in Connecticut are lying through their teeth, the Nutmeg State just might have the whitest smile in all the land.

A Gallup poll released last week found that nearly 75 percent of respondents from Connecticut said they paid the dentist a visit in the past year – good enough for tops in the nation for the third year running.

“For the third year in a row, Connecticut residents were the most likely to say they visited a dentist in the last 12 months,” the poll found, according to a release. “It is one of only three states, the others being Massachusetts and Rhode Island, where nearly three in four residents visited a dentist.”

The top five went: Connecticut, 74.9; Massachusetts, 74.5; Rhode Island, 73.8; Alaska, 72.6; Wisconsin, 72.4. The bottom five: Mississippi, 53; Oklahoma, 55.2; Louisiana, 55.3; Arkansas, 56.1; Texas, 56.3.

Income to help pay for healthcare and insurance rates played the predominant role in determining how a respondent answered, the poll found.

Nationally, about 65 percent of respondents said they sat in a dentist chair in the past 12 months. That means about one-third of Americans failed to follow a recommendation by the American Dental Association to go for a cleaning at least once a year.

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