12 Best-Teeth Cities
You'll find plenty of pearly whites in these towns; did your home make the cut?
No. 12: Portland, Ore.While Portland is slacking a bit in dental visits (ranking no. 35*), it makes up for it with its low teeth loss (ranking no. 38*, with no. 1 being the worst/most teeth loss), lack of smoking (smoking can cause gum and tooth problems), and being in the top three of the cities that exercise the most. Overall health means your mouth will be in good shape, and exercise increases circulation to the gums. This plus Portland's high humidity (which keeps your mouth from drying out and breeding more bacteria), means residents' gums are in tip-top shape.
*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Survey Data, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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