Codes and Frequencies
NOTEETH indicates whether a person has lost all of her/his natural (permanent) teeth. Please see the Comparability tab for information about changes in the universe over time.
This variable is part of the Dental Care Supplement. It was first asked in in 1971 and is available annually since 1999 for sample adults.
In some years, persons who report having no teeth are asked follow-up questions on the use of false teeth.
- FALSTTH indicates whether a person who has lost all of his her/his teeth has false teeth .
- FALSTYPE indicates whether a person who who has lost all of her/her teeth and who has false teeth has upper and/or lower denture.
- FALSTTHUP indicates whether a person who has lost all of his her/his upper teeth has upper dentures.
- FALSTTHLOW indicates whether a person who has lost all of his her/his lower teeth has lower dentures.
- FALSEAT indicates whether the person typically wears plates when eating.
- FALSNEAT indicates whether the person typically wears plates when not eating.
- FALSNOND indicates whether the person needs new false teeth.
- FALSRFIT indicates whether the person has false teeth that need refitting.
The universe changes over time. In 1971, 1986, and 1989, NOTEETH is available for all persons. In 1983, the universe is restricted to all persons ages 2 and above. Beginning in 1990, questions on tooth loss is asked only for sampled adults ages 18 and above.
There is also a change in the question detail over time. Prior to 1989, individuals were asked whether they had lost all of their natural or permanent teeth. From 1999 forward, the survey includes one question, which asks about the loss of both upper and lower natural teeth.
- 1971; 1986; 1989: All persons.
- 1983: Persons age 2+.
- 1990: Sample persons age 18+.
- 1999-2018: Sample adults aged 18+.
- 1971, 1983, 1986, 1989-1990, 1999-2018