In 2011, there were 638 new cases of cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx, and the death rate due to this condition was 3.8 per 100,000, giving Louisiana the second-highest rate in the United States (the national rate is 2.5 per 100,000).
An estimated 41.9% of third grade students have untreated tooth decay.
Only 43.4% of Louisiana residents receive fluoridated water compared to 74.6% nation wide.
Louisiana's rates for risk factors for oral and periodontal (gum) disease are also high. Among adults in Louisiana,
- 10.9% have diabetes
- 5% have cardiovascular disease
- 23.5% are current smokers
- 6.4% report heavy alcohol use
53 of 64 Louisiana parishes are designated as dental health professional shortage areas.