Having a gleaming white smile and straight teeth is wonderful, but having a healthy smile is even better. Find out which countries can boast top dental ratings because their citizens have the world’s cleanest, best teeth.
How Were the Countries Ranked?
How were these countries rated? The list is based on each country’s scores related to the DMFT index. It’s the most reliable and widely accepted way of judging an entire populations oral health status. The list creators also consulted World Health Organisation data, Country Oral Health Profiles, and the World Oral Health report of 2003. With all that data compiled and reviewed, this list reflects the global dental situation with accuracy.
In the top spot, with an impressive score of 0.4, is Denmark. The score reveals that of all the people surveyed and checked, the average citizen had less than half a tooth that needed attention or had problems. Those are some clean, pristine pearly whites!
Thanks to a super-low score of just 0.5 on the DMFT index, Germany lands second place on our list. The people of this nation have superior dental health care and are conscientious about their personal oral hygiene routines.
Finland seizes third place on the list, with a stellar score of 0.7 thanks to quality dental care available throughout the nation.
With a DMFT score of 0.8, Sweden scores a spot among the top five. Its citizens have some of the cleanest, whitest, straightest teeth in the world.
5. United Kingdom
The U.K. shares an identical DMFT score with Sweden, making it into the top five as well. This score is particularly interested because of the old (now untrue) stereotype of British citizens with bad teeth.
Not surprisingly, Switzerland scored high thanks to its advanced medical and dental programs. Its DMFT score was 0.9, which means that the average citizen included in the DMFT survey had less than one tooth that had issues.
Canada sits in seventh place with an excellent score of 1.0. It ranks above the United States in this area of its healthcare provisions. Not only did the country receive a good DMFT score— there are also studies and reports that showcase its population’s teeth as some of the whitest and straightest in the world.
Mexico’s budget isn’t an ample one, but its dental care system seems to be effective. Mexico manages a 1.1 DMFT score.
9. United States
You might expect the United States to sit near the top of the list. Its score of 1.2 is excellent compared to those of other nations in the world, but there are other countries that simply achieve better statistics when it comes to oral care.
France has a DMFT score of 1.2, which is fairly good. Its score was actually equal to the United States, but due to some additional factors, including a diminished healthcare budget, France takes a lower spot. While it isn’t doing quite as well as the other nations on this list, it is still sitting securely in the top 10.
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