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People experiencing total loss of teeth declines, but not in all populations

Health officials say that thanks to factors including the disease-fighting power of optimally fluoridated water and toothpaste, complete tooth loss, called edentulism, is growing rarer among Americans.

Still, edentulism persists. It has been called the “final marker” of oral disease burden. And common oral health problems continue to place millions of Americans at risk. As with many health risks, the burdens of edentulism are not distributed evenly across all communities.

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