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Type of false teeth

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For persons who have lost all of their teeth and have false teeth (FALSTTH), FALSTYPE indicates whether the person has upper and/or lower plates (dentures).

FALSTYPE is part of the Dental Care Supplement and is first available in 1971. In 1989, questions on upper and lower dentures were asked separately of persons who had lost their upper or lower permanent teeth (see FALSTTHUP and FALSTTHLOW). For additional related variables and more information about this supplement, please use the IPUMS NHIS search function and drop-down menus.


In 1971, this variable is available for persons of all ages who have no teeth and have false teeth. In 1983, it is asked only of persons age 2 and above who have no teeth and have dentures.


  • 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