Race to the top

Doctors talk about the TTR, tooth to tattoo ratio, as a measure of overall health.  I wonder where we rate on that?  From The Tennessean.

Tennessee's dental health among worst
The dental health care for Tennesseans ranks among the worst in the nation, which has sent more patients to the emergency room and caused more adults to lose teeth to decay and disease.

A Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed the number of people who visited a dental clinic or a dentist dropped nearly 10 percent between 2005 and 2010.

The same survey found the number of people who lost at least one permanent tooth increased to nearly 55 percent of the population in Tennessee.

That puts Tennessee at 47th in the nation for dental health, The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.


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