As part of my continuing series on health data from the 2010 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS), I thought I'd look at seniors who are missing all their teeth. While this may seem a humorous topic, having poor oral health can open the door for bacteria and shave around 7 years off your life.
This map breaks the data by standard deviations from the mean/average. So the pale, gray/white states' seniors are average -for the USA- in the percentage who are toothless. The purple states have higher percentages of toothless seniors with WV, TN, MS, and KY having the worst data on senior oral health.
My friend Lee B. from Clinton, CT, used to tell me that people in Connecticut had great teeth. Apparently she is right because the Nutmeg State and Hawaii have the most older Americans with their choppers.