Health
Oral Health
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Share of Adults with Annual Dental Visit
2018
Arkansas County57%
Ashley County57%
Baxter County50%
Benton County60%
Boone County57%
Bradley County58%
Calhoun County58%
Carroll County59%
Chicot County57%
Clark County53%
Clay County50%
Cleburne County56%
Cleveland County55%
Columbia County55%
Conway County59%
Craighead County54%
Crawford County61%
Crittenden County50%
Cross County48%
Dallas County55%
Desha County57%
Drew County55%
Faulkner County63%
Franklin County57%
Fulton County44%
Garland County59%
Grant County69%
Greene County54%
Hempstead County49%
Hot Spring County58%
Howard County51%
Independence County50%
Izard County44%
Jackson County51%
Jefferson County59%
Johnson County60%
Lafayette County48%
Lawrence County51%
Lee County50%
Lincoln County50%
Little River County45%
Logan County58%
Lonoke County64%
Madison County62%
Marion County53%
Miller County48%
Mississippi County54%
Monroe County51%
Montgomery County55%
Nevada County51%
Newton County59%
Ouachita County56%
Perry County66%
Phillips County55%
Pike County53%
Poinsett County53%
Polk County48%
Pope County62%
Prairie County53%
Pulaski County62%
Randolph County46%
Saline County66%
Scott County55%
Searcy County56%
Sebastian County57%
Sevier County45%
Sharp County42%
St. Francis County50%
Stone County52%
Union County58%
Van Buren County60%
Washington County62%
White County54%
Woodruff County47%
Yell County57%

Source: Arkansas Department of Health







NATIONAL RANKING
50

OUT OF 51
2022

STATE TREND

Increasing


56%

2022

What does this measure?

The percentage of adults who visited a dentist or dental clinic in the past year.

Why is this important?

Oral health impacts our ability to speak, eat, and smile and influences self-esteem and attendance at work and school. Oral diseases can cause pain and disability, therefore good oral health is an important part of good overall health.

How is Arkansas doing?

In 2022, 56% of adults had received dental care in the past year, up 1 percentage point from 2012 but below the national rate of 65%. This makes Arkansas 50th in the nation for this indicator, including the 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates were higher for women (60%) than men (51%). Rates among Blacks, non-Hispanics, Hispanics and Whites were all similar ranging between 56-57%.

Rates varied across Arkansas in 2019, the most recent year for which county comparable data was available, from below 45% in Fulton, Izard and Sharp counties to above 65% in Saline, Perry and Grant counties.

Notes about the data

National data comes from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors.




Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Share of Adults with Annual Dental Visit
201220142016201820202022
Arkansas55%57%58%56%57%56%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention






Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Share of Adults with Annual Dental Visit by Race
American Indian or Alaskan Native, non-HispanicBlack, non-HispanicHispanicMultiracial, non-HispanicWhite, non-Hispanic
Arkansas57%56%57%49%56%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention





Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Share of Adults with Annual Dental Visit by Gender
FemaleMale
Arkansas60%51%

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention









INDICATORS TREND | STATE
Education: Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Not Applicable
Education: Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Not Applicable
Education: Grade 3 Reading Decreasing
Education: Grade 8 Math Maintaining
Education: Graduation Rate Increasing
Education: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Education: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Education: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Education: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Education: Imagination Libraries Increasing
Health: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Health: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Health: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Health: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Health: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Health: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Health: Oral Health Increasing
Health: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Health: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Health: Overdose Deaths Increasing
Families: Teen Births Decreasing
Families: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Families: Median Household Income Maintaining
Families: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Families: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Families: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Families: Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Families: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Families: Food Deserts Not Applicable
Families: Homelessness Decreasing
Families: Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Families: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Families: Households Below ALICE Threshold Not Applicable
Families: Overall Housing Cost Burden Decreasing
Families: Child Care Costs for Toddlers Not Applicable
Families: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Families: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Families: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Community: Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Community: Charitable Giving Increasing
Community: Volunteering Increasing
Community: Group Participation Increasing
Community: Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Community: Local Voting Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population Increasing
Demographics: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Demographics: Change in Population by Age Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Remediation Rate Maintaining
Racial Equity: Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Racial Equity: Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Racial Equity: Low Birth Weight Babies Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Students Increasing
Racial Equity: Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Racial Equity: Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Racial Equity: Smoking Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Racial Equity: Oral Health Increasing
Racial Equity: Life Expectancy Decreasing
Racial Equity: Routine Check-ups Increasing
Racial Equity: Teen Births Decreasing
Racial Equity: Children Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: People Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Elderly Living in Poverty Maintaining
Racial Equity: Median Household Income Maintaining
Racial Equity: Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Racial Equity: Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Racial Equity: Food Insecurity Decreasing
Racial Equity: Homelessness Decreasing
Racial Equity: Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Racial Equity: Medical Debt Not Applicable
Racial Equity: Households Receiving SNAP Decreasing
Racial Equity: Incarceration Rate Increasing
Racial Equity: Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable








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