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OH-4.2 Data Details

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OH-4.2 Reduce the proportion of adults aged 65 to 74 years who have lost all of their natural teeth

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
24.0 (1999-2004)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of persons aged 65 to 74 years with a clinical confirmation of having lost all their natural teeth, including third molars


Number of persons aged 65 to 74 years

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
Methodology Notes: 

    The case definition is "lost all teeth due to caries or periodontal diseases"; however, because cause of tooth loss is not feasible to identify, the absence of 32 natural teeth (including 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 described for Healthy People 2000 is still in use.

Trend Issues: 
In 2015, the 2009-2010 data were deleted and 2011-2012 data were replaced to correct a programming error and make the data trendable back to the baseline.


Additional resources about the objective

  1. Dye BA, Barker, LK, Selwitz RH, Lewis BG, Wu T, Fryar CD, et al. Overview and quality assurance for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) oral health component, 1999–2002. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol 35:140–51. 2007.
  2. Vargas, C.; Schober, S.; and Gift, H. Operational definitions for year 2000 objectives: Priority area 13, Oral Health. Healthy People 2000 Statistical Notes, No. 12. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), 1997.