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QuickStats: Percentage of Persons with Untreated Dental Caries,* by Age Group and Poverty Status§ --- National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), United States, 2001--2004

* As determined by NHANES dental examination; excludes persons who are edentulous.

Persons aged 2--5 years: primary teeth only; 6--11 years: both primary and secondary teeth; >12 years: secondary teeth only.

§ Poor is defined as having an annual family income <100% of the relevant U.S. Census poverty threshold, near poor as 100% to <200% of the threshold, and nonpoor as >200% of the threshold. In 2004, for a family of four (two adults and two children aged <18 years), the poverty threshold was $19,157, and poverty status levels were as follows: poor, <$19,157; near poor, $19,157--$38,314; and nonpoor, >$38,314.

95% confidence interval.

During 2001--2004, poor persons were at least twice as likely as nonpoor persons to have untreated dental caries, regardless of age group. In each age group, persons categorized as near poor also were more likely than nonpoor persons to have untreated caries.

SOURCE: CDC. Health data for all ages. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2001--2004. Available at

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Date last reviewed: 8/29/2007




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