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Adult Tooth Loss

Overall, the prevalence of both partial and total tooth loss in adults has decreased from the early 1970s until the latest (1999-2004) National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. In spite of this improvement, significant disparities remain in some population groups.

Number of Teeth Remaining

  • Adults age 20 to 64 have an average of 24.92 remaining teeth.

  • Older adults, Black adults, current smokers, and those with lower incomes and less education have fewer remaining teeth.

Number of Adults with Total Tooth Loss

  • 3.75% of adults 20 to 64 have no remaining teeth

  • Older adults, Black and Hispanic adults, current smokers, and those with lower incomes and less education are more likely to have no remaining teeth

Source: NIDCR

 

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