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CDC Releases Survey Regarding Edentulism in the US

Posted on Friday, April 4, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released results of a National Health Interview Survey that asked the question, "Have you lost all of your upper and lower natural (permanent) teeth?" The percentage of adults aged ≥ 65 years who have lost all their natural teeth is broken down by type of locality and region.

During 2010-2012, 30% of adults aged ≥ 65 years living in nonmetropolitan areas had no natural teeth, compared with 21% of those living in metropolitan areas. The percentage of adults aged ≥ 65 years with no natural teeth was higher in nonmetropolitan areas than in metropolitan areas in all regions of the United States. In both metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, the West had the lowest percentage of adults with no natural teeth.

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