Tooth Loss and All-Cause Mortality

  • Loss of a large number of teeth negatively affects overall health and is an important public health issue.
  • Loss of all natural teeth (complete edentulism) prior to age 65 is associated with 1.5 times increased risk of death from all causes.
  • Statistics were based on 41,000 adults over 16 years of age and study controlled for socioeconomic status (OR 1.5 - 95% CI 1.3-1.7)



Brown DW. Complete edentulism prior to the age of 65 years is associated with all-cause mortality. J Public Health Dent. 2009; 69(4):260-266.