Indicator Report - Adults With Permanent Teeth Removed
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.
Adults Who Have Had Permanent Teeth Removed Due to Tooth Decay or Gum Disease North Carolina vs. HNC 2020 Target, 2008-2010
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.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, State Center for Health Statistics
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."
How We Calculated the Rates
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
Number of adults aged 18 years and older responding to the BRFSS survey
Page Content Updated On 01/20/2012,
Published on 01/20/2012
State Center for Health Statistics, N.C. Division of Public Health, Telephone: 919-733-4728, Fax: 919-733-8485