In 26 states, >50% of older adults reported having most of their teeth.
Estimates ranged from 27% in West Virginia to 64% in Utah. In three states
(California, Colorado, and Utah), >60% had retained most of their teeth, and
in five states and territories (Kentucky, Mississippi, West Virginia, Puerto
Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), <40% had done so. The prevalence of
edentate persons (i.e., those who have lost all their natural teeth) ranged
from 13% in Hawaii and California to 42% in Kentucky. In 12 states, <20%
of persons, and in two states (Kentucky and West Virginia), >40% reported
total tooth loss.