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The Oral Health Issue

  • Nationwide, more than 40% of adults have untreated tooth decay; 1/3 of those 65 or older have lost all of their teeth (Vestal).

  • 44% of adults living in Arizona do not have dental insurance (Arizona Dental Association).

  • Arizona Medicaid does not provide dental coverage for adults over the age of 21 (AHCCCS).

  • Medical research shows that poor oral health results in increased risk for diabetes, breathing disorders, cardiovascular disease, and poor pregnancy outcomes such as preterm births and stillbirths (Vestal).

  • Poor oral health negatively affects eating, speaking, self-esteem, and employability (Vestal).


Although several dental services in Flagstaff offer a sliding fee scale, this is still cost-prohibitive for many individuals. For adults with financial barriers, treatment for pain and emergencies often result in tooth extraction.

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