The Mission of Dental Health Arlington is a community supported resource providing oral health education, palliative and comprehensive dental care in a culture of teamwork and respect to low income Tarrant County residents who are uninsured.
Arlington has a very strong need for dental services to help low-income families. The median income of Arlington residents has dropped significantly over the past several years, creating a large population with no resources for dental care. In a two-month UNTHSC study, graduate students tabulated 192 people had to be turned down for dental care due to the lack of appointments available in the DHA clinic. In addition to our clinic we have a school based program. Our team of professionals currently educate and give toothbrushes to over 8,000 first, second, and third graders in 30 Title 1 Arlington schools. FREE sealants and fluoride are placed on 2nd and 3rd graders. National data indicate tooth decay is a silent epidemic among our low-income children. By age 8, approximately 52% of children have experienced tooth decay. It is extremely difficult for families living at or near poverty to access any type of health care for themselves or their children without assistance.