Oral Health Needs Improvement in Arkansas

April 22, 2003
Posted at: 4:33 p.m. CDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A national organization says Arkansas is doing a better job on oral health but has room to improve.

The Chicago-based Oral Health America's annual report card released today gives Arkansas a C-minus grade, better than the grade of D issued two years ago.

The group says Arkansans often have problems finding dentists outside of heavily populated areas. It also says fewer dentists enter the work force because the state has no dental school.

The C-minus ranking puts Arkansas just below the national average of C.

Oral Health America also says access to dental insurance is a problem.

The group reported that other areas where progress is needed include adequate fluoridation of public water, dental sealants to prevent tooth decay in children and reducing the use of chewing tobacco.

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