QuickStats: Percentage* of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Have Lost All of Their Natural Teeth, by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey,§ 2000 and 2017

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The figure is a bar chart showing that the percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who had lost all of their upper and lower natural teeth decreased from 9.3% in 2000 to 7.0% in 2017, and this pattern was consistent in each age group shown. Complete tooth loss declined from 2.9% to 2.3% among adults aged 18–44 years, from 10.1% to 6.5% among adults aged 45–64 years, from 25.6% to 14.2% among adults aged 65–74 years, and from 34.0% to 24.9% among adults aged ≥75 years.

* With 95% confidence intervals shown with error bars.

Respondents were asked in 2000 and in 2017 the question, “Have you lost all of your upper and lower natural (permanent) teeth?”

§ Estimates are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian, noninstitutionalized U.S. population, and are shown for sample adults aged ≥18 years.

The percentage of adults aged ≥18 years who had lost all of their upper and lower natural teeth decreased from 9.3% in 2000 to 7.0% in 2017, and this pattern was consistent in each age group shown. Complete tooth loss declined from 2.9% to 2.3% among adults aged 18–44 years, from 10.1% to 6.5% among adults aged 45–64 years, from 25.6% to 14.2% among adults aged 65–74 years, and from 34.0% to 24.9% among adults aged ≥75 years.

Source: Summary Health Statistics for U.S. Adults: National Health Interview Survey, 2000. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/series/sr_10/sr10_215.pdfpdf icon. Tables of Summary Health Statistics, 2017. https://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/NHIS/SHS/2017_SHS_Table_A-6.pdfpdf icon.

Reported by: Maria A. Villarroel, PhD, MVillarroel@cdc.gov, 301-458-4668; Debra L. Blackwell, PhD.


Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Have Lost All of Their Natural Teeth, by Age Group — National Health Interview Survey, 2000 and 2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:511. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6822a5external icon.

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