14 Worst-Teeth Cities
These towns are no strangers to stains or decay -- hope your home didn't make the list
No. 14: Albuquerque, N.M.While Albuquerque is one of the fittest cities in the country according to Men's Health magazine, and that can contribute to overall teeth health (since exercise boosts circulation to your gums), the state ranks no. 49 in dentists per capita (according to statehealthfacts.org) and no. 41 in dental visits*, which means many residents aren't taking regular care of their teeth. Dr. Smigel says regular dentist visits are important to remove tartar, which can only be done professionally. Albuquerque also has hard water, which can stain teeth, and a dry climate, which can contribute to gum disease by limiting saliva.
*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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