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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults* Aged 18--64 Years Who Have Had Problems With Their Teeth, by Race/Ethnicity § and Type of Problem --- National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2008

The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged 18-64 years who have had problems with their teeth, by race/ethnicity and type of problem, in the United States in 2008, based on data from the National Health Interview Survey. Among adults aged 18-64 years, non-Hispanic Asian adults were less likely than Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic black adults to have problems with their teeth, including bleeding gums, broken or missing teeth, loose teeth not attributable to injury, or broken or missing fillings. In addition, non-Hispanic Asian adults and Hispanic adults were less likely to have experienced toothaches or sensitive teeth than non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black adults.

* Includes only adults who have some or all of their natural, permanent teeth.

Based on responses to the following: "During the past 6 months, have you had any of the following problems? Toothache or sensitive teeth? Bleeding gums? Broken or missing teeth? Loose teeth not due to an injury? Broken or missing fillings?"

§ Persons of Hispanic ethnicity might be of any race or combination of races. Non-Hispanic persons of a single race other than groups shown or of multiple race are not shown separately because of small sample sizes.

Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized U.S. adult population. Unknowns were not included in the denominators when calculating percentages.

** 95% confidence interval.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged 18-64 years who have had problems with their teeth, by race/ethnicity and type of problem, in the United States in 2008, based on data from the National Health Interview Survey. Among adults aged 18-64 years, non-Hispanic Asian adults were less likely than Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic black adults to have problems with their teeth, including bleeding gums, broken or missing teeth, loose teeth not attributable to injury, or broken or missing fillings. In addition, non-Hispanic Asian adults and Hispanic adults were less likely to have experienced toothaches or sensitive teeth than non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black adults.

Among adults aged 18--64 years, non-Hispanic Asian adults were less likely than Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, and non-Hispanic black adults to have problems with their teeth, including bleeding gums, broken or missing teeth, loose teeth not attributable to injury, or broken or missing fillings. In addition, non-Hispanic Asian adults and Hispanic adults were less likely to have experienced toothaches or sensitive teeth than non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black adults.

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2008 data. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.


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