New Study Finds What Dentists Already Knew: Arkansans Were Not Making Regular Dental Visits Even Before Pandemic

by Billy Tarpley on June 2, 2022

June 2, 2022 – In a new report released today by the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI), Arkansans were not visiting their dentist on a regular basis even before COVID-19. The same is true for those with dental insurance, the study finds.

Among the significant findings in the report, 54 percent of the state’s residents had dental insurance in 2019 but only 30 percent of adults used their coverage. About 51 percent of children aged 18 and younger used their insurance. Further, the pandemic had a “major impact on use of dental services,” according to the study, resulting in a 56 percent decline in utilization between March 2020 and May 2020 when dentists were ordered by the Arkansas Department of Health to provide only emergency care.

Read the complete report here.

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