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Seniors Tooth Loss

Overall, the prevalence of both partial and total tooth loss in seniors 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

  • Seniors over age 65 have an average of 18.90 remaining teeth.

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

Number of Adults with Total Tooth Loss

  • 27.27% of seniors over age 65 have no remaining teeth

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

Source: NIDCR


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