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New CDC Report: Selected Oral Health Indicators in the United States

Posted on June 4, 2012

Key findings

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2005–2008

  • More than one in five people had untreated dental caries and 75% had existing dental restorations.

  • Prevalence of untreated dental caries varied significantly by poverty level for all age groups; however, there was little difference in dental restoration prevalence by poverty level for children and adolescents aged 5–19 years.

  • Twenty-seven percent of children and adolescents aged 5–19 years had at least one dental sealant.

  • Nearly 38% of non-Hispanic black adults had not lost a permanent tooth compared with 51% for non-Hispanic white and 52% for Mexican-American persons.

  • Almost 23% of adults aged 65 and over were edentulous.

Read full report: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db96.htm