Tooth Loss Statistics

By Eugene D. Stanislaus on January 28, 2019


Patient with a missing toothDentists offer a number of services to improve the health and appearance of the smile, but the primary goal of professional dental care is to prevent serious dental complications, such as tooth loss. Despite the many known benefits of professional dental care, many patients still neglect routine dental exams and cleanings. Without proper restorative dentistry treatment to repair dental damage, the risk of tooth loss increases.

Tooth loss is more common than most people think. Here, Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus presents tooth loss statistics to show our Brooklyn, NY patients just how important it is to make oral hygiene habits and professional dental care a regular part of their health care routine.

How Many People Suffer from Tooth Loss?

In data presented by the CDC for the years 2011 and 2012, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey found that less than half, or 48 percent, of adults aged 20 to 64 had their full set of permanent teeth. This means that 52 percent of those included in the data sample had lost at least one of their natural teeth.

Based on the statistics presented, tooth loss was more prevalent among older patients. Among those within the 40 to 64 age range, only 34 percent still had all of their natural teeth; compare this to 67 percent of participants aged 20 to 39 who still had a full set of permanent teeth.

Cases of edentulism, or complete tooth loss, is also a problem.

Based on data collected by the National Health and Nutrition Survey between the years of 2011 and 2014, just over 17 percent of individuals aged 65 and older had lost all of their permanent teeth.

As with tooth loss, instances of total tooth loss were higher among older individuals. While just around 14 percent of participants aged 65 to 74 suffered from edentulism, 23 percent of those over the age of 75 had lost all of their teeth.

Where Is Tooth Loss Most Prevalent?

According to statistics presented by the CDC, tooth loss is not evenly distributed among the population. For instance, while 51 percent of non-Hispanic white and 49 percent of non-Hispanic Asians reported having all of their permanent teeth, only 38 percent of non-Hispanic blacks had retained all of their teeth.

This was also found among participants with total tooth loss; between 2011 and 2012, the CDC reported that there were more non-Hispanic blacks with edentulism (29 percent) than either non-Hispanic whites (17 percent), non-Hispanic Asians (24 percent), or Hispanics (15 percent).

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Professional dental services offer patients the greatest defense against dental complications and tooth loss. If you would like to learn more about the comprehensive range of dental services offered by Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus at Brooklyn Heights Dental, contact us at your earliest convenience. You can schedule an appointment by calling (718) 857-6639.

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