Oral Health
Source: Arkansas Department of Health
Share of Adults with Annual Dental Visit
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







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 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 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