CDC: Tooth decay, tooth loss on decline, but disparities remain
According to ADA News, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that tooth decay and complete tooth loss have declined in the U.S. since the 1960s, but disparities remain between some age groups and races.
Here are some findings by the CDC:
- Among adults aged 20-64, 91 percent had dental caries and 27 percent had untreated tooth decay.
- Untreated tooth decay was higher for Hispanic (36 percent) and non-Hispanic black (42 percent) adults compared with non-Hispanic white (22 percent) and non-Hispanic Asian (17 percent) adults aged 20-64.
- Adults aged 20-39 were twice as likely to have all their teeth (67 percent) compared with those aged 40-64 (34 percent).
- About one in five adults aged 65 and older had untreated tooth decay.
- Among adults aged 65 and over, complete tooth loss was lower for older Hispanic (15 percent) and non-Hispanic white (17 percent) adults compared with older non-Hispanic black adults (29 percent).
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