New CDC Report: Selected Oral Health Indicators in the United States
Posted on June 4, 2012
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