Status: Baseline only

Baseline only

Most Recent Data:
29.1 percent (2015-16)

20.1 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

29.1 percent of adults aged 75 years and over had untreated root surface decay in 2015-16

Reduce the proportion of older adults with untreated root surface decay

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


Older adults are at higher risk of having decay on the roots of their teeth. This can be caused by medication, health conditions, poor diet, or infrequent and ineffective brushing. Making sure more people have access to oral health services and teaching older adults and caregivers how to take care of their teeth — for example, by using fluoride mouthwash — can help reduce untreated root surface decay.

Workgroup: Oral Health Workgroup