More than a third of U.S. cavities were in Utah, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Utah is the sixth-most populous state, but the study found it was the state with the most cavities, with more than a quarter of cavities in Utah.
More:Utah had a population of 9.7 million people in 2018, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the state’s population has steadily increased in recent years.
More than 12,000 new cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Utah in 2018 and 7,600 were deaths, according an analysis by the CDC.
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Utah Health Commissioner Dan Bishop told the Deseret News that the state was working to reduce the number of cavits in Utah residents.
He said the state is encouraging people to avoid eating foods with “cavities,” and that anyone who thinks they have a cavity is advised to get tested.
“You can take your chances and get tested if you eat a certain food or if you get sick from it,” Bishop said.
The state is testing a wide range of foods to reduce its exposure to COVID.
The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the Utah Health Department is asking residents to keep their mouths closed for up to six hours after eating certain foods and that the department is urging people to drink plenty of water.
It also is urging anyone who has been sickened to seek medical attention.
Health officials say there has been an increase in COVID infections in Utah as more people have traveled outside the state.
The CDC reports the majority of infections in the state are in Utah counties.
In 2018, there were 9,624 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Utah and 2,828 deaths, while 8,818 people were treated and 3,837 had died.