How Americans rate their oral health

By Theresa Pablos, associate editor

October 31, 2017 -- How do Americans rate their oral health? Most say it is excellent, very good, or good, according to new data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, many also report their oral health interferes with school, work, or self-esteem at least some of the time.

The statistics come from newly released data from the 2015-2016 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The survey is conducted by the CDC Center for Health Statistics and is designed to provide nationally representative data about the health status of children and adults in the U.S.

According to the new survey results, most residents think their teeth and gums are in good shape. Only 7% of respondents said their oral health was poor.

The data also showed that about 14% of people reported at least some difficulty attending school or doing their job during the last 12 months because of problems with their teeth, mouth, or dentures. However, only 2% of respondents said oral health problems often made school or work difficult.

Check out the infographic below for more dental visit statistics from the 2015-2016 survey. Click here for more data from the NHANES survey.

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