About the Data
Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
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
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.
Additional resources about the objective
- 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.
- 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.