Chapter 3: Dental Health and Services
Proportion of adults with at least some natural teeth decreases by age
- Men were more likely than women to have at least some natural teeth (94% compared with 90%). This difference was evident only among those aged 65 and over.
The proportion of adults with 20 or more natural teeth has increased (by 5-7 percentage points) in each deprivation quintile between 2008 and 2017
People living in least deprived areas are more likely to have 20+ natural teeth, than those living in the most deprived
Women were much more likely than men to do so
36% of adults reported feeling nervous about their dentist visit. This was higher for women (43%) than men (30%)
- Over 3/4 of adults (78%) did not experience difficulties when visiting the dentist.
- The most common difficulties were finding an appointment that suited (7%), dental treatment being too expensive (6%) and getting time off work (5%).
Younger age groups were more likely to experience toothache and gum bleeding than older groups
- However, having difficulty chewing either often or occasionally was most common among those aged 55-74 (13% among those aged 55-64 and 14% among those aged 65-74) and least common among the youngest age group (7% among those aged 16-24).
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