Oral Health
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Share of Adults with Annual Dental Visit
Arkansas County53%
Ashley County56%
Baxter County44%
Benton County61%
Boone County53%
Bradley County56%
Calhoun County57%
Carroll County60%
Chicot County63%
Clark County60%
Clay County51%
Cleburne County57%
Cleveland County60%
Columbia County55%
Conway County57%
Craighead County57%
Crawford County61%
Crittenden County58%
Cross County54%
Dallas County58%
Desha County54%
Drew County62%
Faulkner County66%
Franklin County61%
Fulton County44%
Garland County61%
Grant County68%
Greene County57%
Hempstead County45%
Hot Spring County62%
Howard County53%
Independence County54%
Izard County47%
Jackson County54%
Jefferson County63%
Johnson County58%
Lafayette County45%
Lawrence County57%
Lee County63%
Lincoln County60%
Little River County41%
Logan County56%
Lonoke County66%
Madison County61%
Marion County52%
Miller County43%
Mississippi County56%
Monroe County59%
Montgomery County59%
Nevada County53%
Newton County55%
Ouachita County56%
Perry County68%
Phillips County48%
Pike County54%
Poinsett County55%
Polk County56%
Pope County49%
Prairie County55%
Pulaski County66%
Randolph County52%
Saline County68%
Scott County57%
Searcy County49%
Sebastian County61%
Sevier County50%
Sharp County53%
St. Francis County63%
Stone County49%
Union County53%
Van Buren County57%
Washington County59%
White County58%
Woodruff County56%
Yell County52%

Source: Arkansas Department of Health







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 2018, 56% of adults had received dental care in the past year, up 1 percentage points from 2012 but below the national rate of 68%. This makes Arkansas 49th in the nation for this indicator. Rates were higher for women (58%) than men (54%), and for non-Hispanic American Indians and Alaskan Natives (59%) and White, non-Hispanics (58%).

Among Arkansas counties, rates ranged from a low of 41% in Little River County to a high of 68% in Saline, Grant and Perry counties (based on 2016 data, the latest available).

Notes about the data

National data comes from a 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

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-HispanicWhite, non-Hispanic

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Share of Adults with Annual Dental Visit by Gender

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Access to Quality Seats for Infants and Toddlers Increasing
Access to Quality Childcare Seats for Preschoolers Maintaining
Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Grade 8 Math Increasing
Graduation Rate Increasing
Remediation Rate Decreasing
Adults with a High School Degree Increasing
Adults with a Bachelor's Degree or Higher Increasing
Adults Pursuing Further Education Decreasing
Infant Mortality Maintaining
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Overweight or Obese Students Maintaining
Student Drug Usage Decreasing
Overweight or Obese Adults Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Smoking Rate Decreasing
Flouridated Water Increasing
Insurance Coverage Rates Increasing
Oral Health Increasing
Life Expectancy Increasing
Routine Check-ups Increasing
Births to Teens Decreasing
Female-headed Households Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Elderly Living in Poverty Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Homeownership Rate Decreasing
Child Abuse and Neglect Decreasing
Access to Financial Services Decreasing
Food Insecurity Decreasing
Incarceration Rate Increasing
Homelessness Decreasing
Change in Total Jobs Increasing
Housing Affordability - Owning Maintaining
Housing Affordability - Renting Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Charitable Giving Increasing
Volunteering Increasing
Group Participation Increasing
Connection to Neighbors Decreasing
Local Voting Not Applicable
Change in Population Increasing
Change in Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Population by Age Not Applicable