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arizona dentistAzDA’s mission is to provide leadership, resources and advocacy to ensure the success of our members and the promotion of oral health.

If you are a member of the media and would like a responsive, authoritative source for your next assignment, contact the Arizona Dental Association (AzDA). Caries, water fluoridation, dentistry innovations, dental phobias, access to care, dentists providing charitable care in the community, dental tourism, or responses to new studies - if your story involves dentistry or the oral health of Arizonans, you owe it to your readers/viewers to contact AzDA for comment before your story runs. AzDA has been Arizona's voice of dentistry for over 100 years, and over 70% of the dentists practicing in the state are members.  

For media inquiries related to AzDA or to be added to the AzDA media list, email the Manager of Communications at managingeditor@azda.org  or call (480) 344-5777, ext 314.

Journalists may also contact the American Dental Association’s media center by visiting www.ada.org or by calling (312) 440-2806 or emailing: mediarelations@ada.org.



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AzDA At-A-Glance. The Arizona Dental Association

  • Is a nonprofit professional organization
  • Was established in 1909
  • Represents 2,450 dentists statewide - approximately 70 percent of all licensed and practicing dentists in Arizona
  • Is an affiliate of the American Dental Association (ADA)
  • Is made up of three component societies: Central Arizona Dental Society, Northern Arizona Dental Society and Southern Arizona Dental Society
  • Annually provides over $500,000 of donated dental care to underserved Arizonans through the association’s charitable arm, the Arizona Dental Foundation

AzDA provides the following services to member dentists

  • Marketing and demographic data that can help members locate or re-locate their practice to an area that offers long-term viability
  • Provides valuable pre-screening of products and services such as companies that provide business consulting, insurance, etc. through AzDA Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of AzDA
  • Offers an opportunity for dentists to participate in access-to-care issues through legislative action and volunteerism
  • Makes available high-quality Continuing Education credit opportunities in order to maintain licensure requirements and to provide a high level of care for patients

AzDA provides the following services to the public

  • Refer patients to dentists in their area
  • Low-cost clinic referral
  • Information and research on a variety of treatment options

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Oral Health Facts

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among Arizona children-- 5 times more common than asthma.1
  • One in three Arizona children (34%) under the age of three has experienced tooth decay.2
  • Arizona children on average have 5 teeth affected by tooth decay. This is three times higher than the national average of 1.4 teeth with decay or fillings.3,4
  • Some children are severely affected and have as many as 20 teeth with decay or fillings.3
  • On average, each Arizona child with tooth decay needs six fillings.3
  • Early childhood dental caries occurs in all racial and socioeconomic groups; however, it approaches near epidemic proportions among low income children.5  
  • Arizona children on average have 5 teeth affected by tooth decay (cavities). 6
  • For every adult 19 years or older without medical insurance, there are three without dental insurance. 7
  • 68.2% of Adults in Arizona visited a Dentist or Dental Clinic in 20088
  • 31% of Arizona children have never had a dental check-up. 3
  • 43 % of Arizona children ages 6 to 8 have untreated tooth decay, compared to the national average of 31%. 3
  • 65 % of Arizona children between the ages of 11 to 13 have had tooth decay. 3
  • Arizona's ratio of dentist-to-population is lower than the U.S. average. Arizona has one dentist for every 2,250 people. The national average is one dentist to every 1,740 people, a difference of 510 people per dentist. 3 
  • For every adult 19 years or older without medical insurance, there are three without dental insurance. 7
  • Arizona’s Medicaid program known as AHCCCS and Arizona’s SCHIP Program KidsCare provide dental coverage to young children, but less than 30% received care in 2002.8
  • Untreated dental decay can cause pain and tooth loss, which in turn is associated with poor nutrition, impaired speech development, absence from school, inability to concentrate and reduced self esteem.3


1
US Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health; 2000.
2 Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health Services, Public Health Prevention Services, Office of Oral Health: Arizona Dental Survey of Preschool Children, 1994-1995.
3 Arizona Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health Services, Public Health Prevention Services, Office of Oral Health: Arizona School Dental Survey, 1999-2003.
4 Beltran-Aguilar ED, Barker LK, Canto MT, Dye BA, Gooch BF, Griffin SO, Hyman J, Jaramillo F, Kingman A, Nowjack-Raymer R, Selwitz RH, Wu T; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Surveillance for dental caries, dental sealants, tooth retention, edentulism, and enamel fluorosis--United States, 1988-1994 and 1999-2002. MMWR Surveill Summ. 2005;54:1-43.
Abstract PubMed.
5 American Academy of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Vol. 111, No.5, May 2003.

6 Arizona Department of Health Services: Division of Public Health Services, Public Health Prevention Services, Office of Oral Health: Arizona School Dental Survey, 1999-2003.

7 cdc.gov/OralHealth/publications/factsheets/adult.htm

8 www.statehealthfacts.org

The State of American Indian Children’s Oral Health in Arizona
http://www.azdhs.gov/phs/cfhs/ooh/pdf/American_Indian_Summit_Presentation.pdf