Infographics

Children

Untreated tooth decay declined in young children


Since 1999–2004, the prevalence of untreated tooth decay in primary teeth of children aged 2–5 years has dropped by half.


Mexican American and low-income children saw the greatest declines.

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Sealant prevalence increased by 35% among children


4 in 10 children aged 6-11 years had dental sealants on permanent teeth.

Sealant prevalence among Mexican American and lower-income children nearly doubled.


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Adults

Some adults were twice as likely to have untreated tooth decay


Nearly half of adults aged 20 to 64 who were:

  • non-Hispanic black
  • low-income
  • had less than a high school education
  • currently smoking cigarettes

had untreated tooth decay


This is 2x the amount of untreated decay as comparison groups.

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Untreated tooth decay is higher in people who smoke cigarettes


Among adults aged 20–64 years, over 40% who currently smoke cigarettes had untreated tooth decay.


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Older Adults

Some older adults were more than twice as likely to have untreated tooth decay


About 1 in 3 adults aged 65 or older who were:

  • Mexican American
  • non-Hispanic black
  • low-income
  • had less than a high school education
  • currently smoking cigarettes

had untreated tooth decay

This is 2x to 3x the amount of untreated decay as comparison groups.

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Older adults who smoke cigarettes are twice as likely to have untreated tooth decay as those who never smoked


About 1 in 3 adults aged 65 or older who smoke cigarettes have untreated tooth decay.
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Some older adults were more than three times as likely to lose all of their teeth


More than 1 in 3 adults aged 65 or older who were:

  • low-income
  • had less than a high school education
  • currently smoking cigarettes

lost all their teeth


They were more than 3x as likely to lose all of their teeth as the comparison groups.

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People who smoke are 3 times more likely to lose all of their teeth


4 in 10 older adults who currently smoke cigarettes lost all of their teeth.


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Total tooth loss in older adults, 2011–2016


1 in 6 adults aged 65 or older had lost all of their teeth.


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Total tooth loss decreased in adults aged 65 or older


A decrease of more than 30% between the two time periods.


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