Table 2

Self-report oral health indicators
All participants Dentate participants
n = 455 n = 384
N (%) N (%)
Edentulous (lost all natural, permanent teeth)a,b 68 (14.9) n/a
Self-rated health of teeth & gums as ‘good’ or better a 272 (59.8) 271 (70.6)
Believe may have gum disease based on current symptoms (e.g., swollen, receding, sore, or infected gums or loose teeth)a 116 (25.5) 116 (30.2)
One or more permanent teeth removed due to Diseasec 231 (50.7) 175 (45.7)
Ever received treatment for gum disease (such as scaling or root planing)a 136 (29.9) 136 (35.4)
Ever had teeth become loose without injury 73 (16.0) 73 (19.0)
Ever diagnosed with dental bone lossa 97 (21.3) 96 (25.0)
Ever diagnosed with oral cancer 4 (0.9) 2 (0.5)

a Source: 2009–2010 NHANES.

b Dentate status was not available for 3 participants.

c Source: 2008 BRFSS, oral health module.

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McClure et al. BMC Public Health 2013 13:336   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-336

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