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Dental Treatment in Seniors

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:

23% of Seniors 65 and older have not been to the dentist in the last 5 years.

About half of all Seniors 65 and older have been to the dentist within the past year.

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

Seniors with higher incomes and more education are much more likely to have seen a dentist within the past year.

24% of Seniors 65 and older report that the condition of their teeth and mouth is excellent or very good.

16% all Seniors 65 and older report that the condition of their teeth and mouth is poor.

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

Seniors 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 Seniors, please see
Dental Treatment needs in Seniors.

Source: NIDCR

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