December 6, 2005, - 2:45 pm

Toothless: Telling Statistics of the Week

By Debbie Schlussel
With our apologies to our friends and readers in Kentucky and West Viginia, we just couldn’t resist repeating these Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics reported in the print version of a USA Today story about dentures.
States with the highest and lowest percentage of residents over 65 who have lost all their natural teeth:
Highest
Kentucky…………………………..42.3%
West Virginia………………………41.9%
Tennessee………………………….36.0%
Mississippi………………………….35.1%
Louisiana…………………………….33.8%
Lowest
Hawaii………………………………13.1%
California…………………………..13.3%
Utah…………………………………14.7%
Minnesota………………………….14.8%
Connecticut………………………..16.0%

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9 Responses

It is not common knowledge but the toothbrush was invented in Kentucky. Had it been invented somewhere else, it would have been called a teethbrush.

Blayne on December 6, 2005 at 3:40 pm

Thnk that’s bad? The Japs in Japan…not my people…teeth are rotten.

KOAJaps on December 6, 2005 at 10:39 pm

Anyone surprised that the worst are toothless REB state hillbillies…LOL

EminemsRevenge on December 7, 2005 at 7:37 am

“REB state hillbillies”….anyone surprised you enforcing biased stereotypes?
No, I’m not at all offended, but it’s funny how people like you who make these types of statements while you would scream bloody murder if I made a similar type statement about certain others. Typical.

Jeff_W on December 7, 2005 at 9:05 am

Why am I not surprised that West Viginia is among the worst? Sen. Robert “KKK” Byrd promised everyone in his state a full set of teeth.
In response to S&M’s brain-dead comment, I wonder what the overall health statistics of the poverty-stricken, disease-ridden, turd-world Caribbean countries like Haiti, Jamaica, and the Domincan Republic are like.

Thee_Bruno on December 7, 2005 at 10:10 am

“Eminem’s Revenge”:
In fact, West Virginia was not a REB state. That’s the whole reason there is a WEST Virginia–difference with Virginia over slavery and Civil War issues. Learn your history.
Debbie Schlussel

Debbie Schlussel on December 7, 2005 at 11:16 am

That’s it, I’m off to the dentist to have some teeth removed! I want Mississippi on the top of the list!! ;) Merry Christmas, Happy Hannakuh!
Jeff

MississippiMud on December 9, 2005 at 6:16 pm

I find that very fascinating. I mean, the south/east is known for their not so healthy foods…

Carol J Galliano- Baton Rouge dentist on June 18, 2010 at 7:06 pm

It is interesting that all of the low states are gathered in the south. I wonder what it is, perhaps they have lower socioeconomic status on average or if there is a higher rate of chewing tobacco.

DrJohnBarron on January 18, 2011 at 7:32 pm

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