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Dental Treatment in Adults

Oral health in general has improved significantly over the past several decades in all population subgroups.
In spite of this improvement, significant disparities are still found in some population groups.

Key data points:

12% of Adults 20 to 64 have not been to the dentist within the past 5 years.

60% of all Adults age 20 to 64 have been to the dentist in the past year.

More Black and Hispanic Adults and those with lower incomes or less education have not been to the dentist in the past 5 years.

White adults and those with higher incomes and more education are more likely to have seen a dentist within the past year.

A quarter of Adults 20 to 64 report that the condition of their teeth and mouth is excellent or very good.

14% of all Adults age 20 to 64 report that the condition of their teeth and mouth is poor.

More Black and Hispanic Adults and those with lower incomes and less education report that the condition of their teeth and mouth is poor.

Current smokers are much more likely to report that the condition of their mouth is poor.

Adults with higher incomes and more education are much more likely to report that the condition of their teeth and mouth is very good or excellent.

For more detailed statistical information about Dental Treatment in Adults, please see
Dental Treatment needs in Adults, Ages 20 to 64.

Source: NIDCR

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