Indicator: Tooth Loss (Adults)
Definition: Percent of adults missing six or more teeth due to decay.
Why is this important: Losing a tooth is the worst outcome from the decay process. At the point where six or more teeth have been lost, the individual begins to have difficulty with eating, which further impacts their health. They may also have difficulty with speech and social connections, which may further impact their mental health.
Where are we: In 2008 in Spokane County, 13% of adults reported missing six or more teeth due to decay. The proportion of tooth loss significantly decreased from 2006 to 2008. Spokane County had a proportion of tooth loss similar to that of Washington State in 2008.
Among adults in Spokane County in 2008:
There was no difference in tooth loss by race or between males and females.
|Data Source||BRFSS, 2008|
|Geography||Spokane County||12.5% (10.8-14.5)|
|Trend||Decrease from 06 to 08|
|18-34 yrs||0.6% (0.1-2.4)|
|35-44 yrs||6.7% (3.7-11.8)|
|45-64 yrs||14.5% (11.6-18.0)|
|65+ yrs||40.3% (34.8-46.1)|
|Education||< High school||36.3% (21.6-54.2)|
|High school||20.9% (16.4-26.2)|
|Some college||11.0% (8.4-14.3)|
|College graduate||5.1% (3.5-7.2)|