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The case definition is "tooth lost due to caries or periodontal diseases"; however, because cause of tooth loss is not feasible to identify, the presence of less than 28 natural teeth (excluding third molars) is used as a proxy. This indicator is tracked using the Oral Health Examination component of the Continuous National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, collected since 1999. The measurement protocol has been described.
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