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Complete Indicator Profile of Adults With Permanent Teeth Removed

Definition

Tooth loss estimates are based on survey responses to the question: "How many of your permanent teeth have been removed because of tooth decay or gum disease? Do not include teeth lost for other reasons, such as injury or orthodontics."

Numerator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older who reported at least one permanent tooth had been removed because of tooth decay or gum disease

Denominator

Number of adults aged 18 years and older responding to the BRFSS survey

Data Interpretation Issues

Since the estimates are based on a sample and not the entire population, the percentage of adults in the survey reporting tooth loss may differ from the "true" prevalence of that characteristic in the North Carolina population simply by chance. We report confidence intervals which take this error into account and present a range in which the "true value" is likely to fall.

For more information on how to interpret confidence intervals, please see: http://www.schs.state.nc.us/SCHS/champ/technical.html

Why Is This Important?

"Untreated tooth decay and gum disease can lead to permanent tooth loss among adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nationally, one in three adults has untreated tooth decay, and one in seven adults has gum disease." - North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Healthy North Carolina 2020: A Better State of Health.

Other Objectives

Healthy North Carolina 2020



Graphical Data Views

Adults Who Have Had Permanent Teeth Removed Due to Tooth Decay or Gum Disease North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2010

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North Carolina vs. HNC2020 Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2008 47.8% 46.6% 49.0%
North Carolina 2010 46.7% 45.2% 48.2%
HNC 2020 Target 2008 38.4%
HNC 2020 Target 2010 38.4%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. This question is only asked every other year on the NC BRFSS.  The HNC 2020 target, which is the target to be reached by 2020, is repeated in the data table for graphing purposes.

Data Sources

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics 



Adults Who Have Had Permanent Teeth Removed Due to Tooth Decay or Gum Disease by Ethnicity, 2010

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Hispanic Ethnicity Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Hispanic 39.2% 32.1% 46.8%
Non-Hispanic 47.2% 45.8% 48.7%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. This question is only asked every other year on the NC BRFSS. 



Adults Who Have Had Permanent Teeth Removed Due to Tooth Decay or Gum Disease by Race, 2010

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Race Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
White 43.9% 42.3% 45.5%
African American 59.3% 55.3% 63.2%
Asian 43.2% 30.9% 56.5%
Native American 63.5% 51.8% 73.8%
Other 37.1% 29.6% 45.4%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. This question is only asked every other year on the NC BRFSS. 



Adults Who Have Had Permanent Teeth Removed Due to Tooth Decay or Gum Disease by Sex, 2010

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Males vs. Females Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Male 2004 47.9% 46.2% 49.6%
Male 2006 47.3% 45.5% 49.1%
Male 2008 47.3% 45.3% 49.2%
Male 2010 46.3% 44.0% 48.7%
Female 2004 51.9% 50.6% 53.2%
Female 2006 49.4% 48.1% 50.7%
Female 2008 48.3% 46.8% 49.8%
Female 2010 47.0% 45.2% 48.8%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. This question is only asked every other year on the NC BRFSS. 



Adults Who Have Had Permanent Teeth Removed Due to Tooth Decay or Gum Disease by Age, 2010

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Age Group Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
18-24 11.2% 7.2% 17.0%
25-34 26.7% 23.0% 30.7%
35-44 39.8% 36.7% 43.0%
45-54 52.5% 49.7% 55.3%
55-64 65.5% 63.0% 67.9%
65-74 78.5% 76.2% 80.6%
75+ 78.4% 75.1% 81.5%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. This question is only asked every other year on the NC BRFSS. 



Adults Who Have Had Permanent Teeth Removed Due to Tooth Decay or Gum Disease by Education, 2010

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Education Level Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Less Than High School 66.0% 61.0% 70.6%
H.S. Grad or G.E.D. 54.8% 51.7% 58.0%
Some Post High School 46.8% 44.0% 49.7%
College Graduate 31.5% 29.5% 33.6%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. This question is only asked every other year on the NC BRFSS. 



Adults Who Have Had Permanent Teeth Removed Due to Tooth Decay or Gum Disease for Select Counties, 2010

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Selected Counties Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
Alamance 50.7% 42.8% 58.7%
Buncombe 49.3% 41.3% 57.3%
Cabarrus 48.2% 40.3% 56.1%
Catawba 52.1% 43.9% 60.2%
Cumberland 52.0% 44.5% 59.3%
Davidson 49.0% 40.7% 57.4%
Durham 37.7% 32.6% 43.2%
Forsyth 42.8% 35.3% 50.7%
Gaston 45.8% 36.9% 54.9%
Guilford 46.4% 41.2% 51.6%
Iredell 41.3% 34.4% 48.6%
Johnston 48.4% 39.4% 57.6%
Mecklenburg 41.1% 35.8% 46.7%
New Hanover 49.4% 42.3% 56.5%
Onslow 41.8% 34.3% 49.7%
Orange 30.2% 23.9% 37.4%
Pitt 36.0% 29.0% 43.6%
Randolph 47.3% 40.3% 54.5%
Robeson 62.4% 54.0% 70.2%
Rowan 50.3% 43.1% 57.6%
Union 30.7% 24.8% 37.4%
Wake 35.5% 30.5% 40.9%
Wayne 48.8% 40.8% 56.8%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. This question is only asked every other year on the NC BRFSS. 



Adults Who Have Had Permanent Teeth Removed Due to Tooth Decay or Gum Disease North Carolina vs. United States, 2004-2010

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North Carolina vs U.S. Year Percentage of Adults Lower Limit Upper Limit
North Carolina 2004 49.9% 48.8% 51.0%
North Carolina 2006 48.4% 47.3% 49.5%
North Carolina 2008 47.8% 46.6% 49.0%
North Carolina 2010 46.7% 45.2% 48.2%
United States 2004 43.7%
United States 2006 43.9%
United States 2008 43.9%
United States 2010 43.6%

Data Notes

This measure is based on data from the North Carolina Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (NC BRFSS), a random-digit dial telephone survey. BRFSS data are representative of the total non-institutionalized N.C. population aged 18 years and older living in households with a telephone. This question is only asked every other year on the NC BRFSS.  Note that the U.S. figures represent the median value for the states and do not included confidence intervals.

Page Content Updated On 01/20/2012, Published on 01/20/2012
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