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Wears false teeth while eating

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For all persons who have false teeth (FALSTTH), FALSEAT indicates whether the person usually wears plates (complete upper and/or lower denture) when eating.

This variable is part of the Dental Care Supplement and is first available in 1971. For related variables and more information about this supplement, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


In 1971, this question was asked of all persons with no teeth who have false teeth. Beginning in 1983, the universe was restricted to persons ages 2 and above who have lost all their teeth and have false teeth.


  • 1971: Persons with no teeth who have false teeth.
  • 1983: Persons age 2+ who had lost all their teeth and had false teeth.


  • 1971, 1983