Oral Health  

Oral health is an integral part of overall health. In children, tooth decay has been associated with difficulty eating, sleeping and learning, and in maintaining proper nutrition. In Arkansas, 61 percent of children under age nine have already experienced tooth decay.

Although it is preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic condition of childhood. Left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain and tooth loss.

Among adults, untreated decay and the resulting tooth loss causes negative effects on self-esteem and employability. In Arkansas, 29 percent of adults 65 and older have lost all of their teeth. The burden of tooth decay is far worse for Arkansans with low socioeconomic status and for those who live in rural areas. In both cases, access to prevention and treatment services is limited.

All documents are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.

Arkansas Oral Health Plan 2012-2015 
Surveillance Plan
Oral Health in Arkansas
Statewide Oral Health Needs Assessment Survey
AR Smiles: Arkansas Oral Health Screening, 2010
Dental Health Action Team Report
Arkansas Older Adult Oral Health Screening Survey

Oral Health4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 18
Little Rock, AR 72205