NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A new study has found that Connecticut residents are among the most frequent visitors to the dentist.

According to, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey 76.1 percent of adults in Connecticut have visited a dentist, just behind Massachusetts by 0.1 percent.

“Oral health is a growing initiative in primary care practice and in the education of all health care providers,” said Dennis Brown, director of the physician assistant program and clinical assistant professor of physician assistant studies at Quinnipiac University “The correlation of a person’s oral health to their overall health has been known for years. It is only by recent initiatives that oral health screenings and counseling have transcended into the primary care providers offices, augmenting the care and hard work of the dental community to provide for better oral and overall health of the community. The fact that Connecticut residents are among the most-frequent visitors to the dentist asks the question is it for preventive services, then the initiatives are working; or are these visits for treatment services then it further demonstrates the need for these oral-health initiatives in the primary care setting to augment the dental health roles to help reduce the need and costs associated with poor oral health.”

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