Dental Care Statistics

By Robert W. Hessberger, DDS on April 30, 2019

Man looks at his smiling face in handheld mirrorDental problems are common among adults in the United States. Around half of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 are missing one or more teeth and 27 percent of patients in this age group had untreated dental cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

If you have dental problems, Dr. Robert Hessberger can customize a restorative dentistry treatment plan to improve your oral health. At our Chicago, IL dental clinic, we offer dental implants, bridges, dentures, and fillings. Here, we help our patients stay informed about dental care statistics in the United States.

Facts and Figures on Cavities

The following information was provided by the CDC for the years 2011-2012.

  • 91 percent of adults ages 20 to 64 had one or more cavities.
  • 27 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 had untreated tooth decay.
  • Adults between the ages of 20 and 39 were twice as likely to have all of their teeth compared to individuals between the ages of 40 and 64.
  • Around 20 percent of adults over the age of 65 have untreated tooth decay.
  • Nearly all adults over the age of 65 have had at least one cavity in their lifetime.
  • The prevalence of cavities among adults ages 65 to 74 was similar to the 75 and over age group.

Tooth Loss Statistics

The following information was also provided by the CDC.

  • Just under half of adults (48 percent) ages 20 to 64 had a full set of permanent teeth (excluding the wisdom teeth).
  • Twice as many adults ages 20 to 39 retained all of their adult teeth compared with adults between the ages of 40 and 64.
  • Nearly 20 percent of adults over 64 were edentulous (missing all of their teeth)
  • Edentulism is twice as prevalent among adults over 75 (26 percent) compared with adults ages 65 to 74 (13 percent).

Treating tooth loss is important because it can lead to additional oral health problems. Contact our Chicago practice to learn more about your tooth replacement options.

Gum Disease Facts

The following figures are provided by the National Institutes of Health.

  • Severe periodontitis affects around 5 to 15 percent of the U.S. adult population.
  • Gingivitis is not considered the same condition as advanced periodontitis.
  • Periodontitis continues to see a downward trend in the United States.
  • In the 1950s, tooth loss was extremely common.
  • Smoking and diabetes are common risk factors for gum disease

Denture-related Facts and Figures

The following figures were published by the American College of Prosthodontists.

  • 15 percent of individuals who are toothless across one arch have dentures fabricated each year.
  • More than 36 million Americans do not have any teeth.
  • 120 million people in the United States are missing one or more teeth.
  • Nine out of ten individuals who are missing all of their teeth have dentures.
  • Edentulism is a risk factor for nutritional problems, heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer.

Contact Our Office Today

Dr. Hessberger uses the latest, state-of-the-art equipment and advanced techniques to diagnose and treat a wide range of dental problems. Whether you are seeking a dentist for your family, cosmetic treatments to brighten your smile, or restorative procedures to improve oral function, Dr. Hessberger has the years of experience to expertly treat your smile.

Contact our office online or call us in Chicago at (773) 792-5562.

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