Survey of Nearly 55,000 Americans Reveals Almost 50 Percent have Missing Teeth and Few Understand the Health Consequences
Demonstrates the Relative Importance of a Healthy Smile vs. Other Physical Features
The survey found that smile and appearance of teeth scored the highest (first and second, respectively) in terms of importance to personal appearance - exceeding hair, clothes, eyes, facial features and physique. In fact, nearly 90 percent of respondents ranked their smile as the most important attribute and almost 87 percent ranked the appearance of teeth as the second most important feature.
"As dentists we are very aware of the underlying health issues that can be associated with missing teeth. In this survey, we wanted to better understand how missing teeth affected patients on an emotional level and determine their awareness of the associated consequences," said Dr.
The survey revealed that nearly 50 percent of adults are missing at least one tooth. While most adults were aware of the visible consequences of missing teeth, including difficulty chewing food and impact to the appearance of a smile, there was limited awareness of the more serious health consequences, which can include bone loss that may lead to changes in the shape of the face and repositioning of existing teeth.
According to Dr.
While there was a very strong correlation between prevalence of missing teeth among lower income households and among those with less educational achievement, the presence of missing teeth was still shown to have a remarkably high prevalence even among adult Americans with higher incomes. In this survey, 33 percent of American adults in households with greater than
Importance of Specific Attributes Physical Attributes Importance Satisfaction Gap in Top 2 Box Top 2 Box Satisfaction Your smile 89% 75% 14 Appearance of your teeth 87% 74% 13 Your physique 59% 48% 11 Your hair 79% 76% 3 Your facial features 65% 68% -3 The clothes that you wear 74% 80% -6 Your eyes 67% 86% -19 Awareness of Health Consequences Awareness of Consequences of Missing Teeth Total Sample Size. Have Missing Teeth 26,422 Difficulty chewing food 59.0% Shifting of surrounding teeth to fill gap 52.4% Impact to appearance of smile 50.0% Impact to overall facial contour (sunken face) 37.2% Loss of the jaw bone 24.2% Increased risk of heart disease* 10.7% Diabetes* 4.3% I have not heard of any of the above 20.2% * When periodontal disease is related to tooth loss
About the Survey
The online survey was conducted by ICOM Information and Communications LP on behalf of Nobel Biocare and surveyed 54,680 American adults. The respondent sample was weighted in terms of age, income and geography to be consistent with U.S. Census data for adults over the age of 25. Results of the cross-tabulations were noted only if they were statistically significant (at 95 percent confidence interval). For more information visit www.usdentalsurvey.com.
About Nobel Biocare
Nobel Biocare is a medical devices group and the world leader in innovative esthetic dental solutions with its brands NobelActive(TM), Branemark System(R), NobelReplace(TM), NobelSpeedy(TM), NobelPerfect(R), NobelDirect(R), Replace Select (dental implants), Procera(R) (individualized dental prosthetics), NobelGuide(TM) (complete patient rehabilitation program) and NobelSmile(TM) (patient education and awareness program). Nobel Biocare is a full solution provider for restorative esthetic dentistry, offering a wide range of innovative Crown & Bridge & Implant products, as well as training and education, patient information and clinically documented treatment concepts. Nobel Biocare has over 2,500 employees and recorded revenue of
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