HC Deb 08 April 1982 vol 21 cc434-5W
Mr. Lawrence

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many people in Great Britain (a) have no teeth of their own or (b) have half their own teeth missing, breaking down the answer into regions.

Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg

The adult dental health survey for 1978 gives the percentages of people with no natural teeth as follows:

Region Percentage
England 28
Wales 37
Scotland 39
Region Percentage
North West 32
North and North East 35
West Midlands 30
East Midlands 32
South West 27
North Thames 18
South Thames 23

The information requested at (b) is not available, but the percentages of dentate adults with 18 or more missing teeth are as follows:

Region Percentage
England 13
Wales 16
Scotland 18
North West 16
North and North East 9
West Midlands 15
East Midlands 12
South West 13
North Thames 11
South Thames 15