2020 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Oral Health

In the past year, have you had a dentist or dental hygienist check for oral cancer by pulling on your tongue with gauze wrapped around it,
feeling under the tongue and inside the cheeks, and checking the back of your throat?

View results for a demographic group:
Select a different topic:
View results for a different geographical area:
  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 4,632 1,681 34.9 33.2-36.7 2,951 65.1 63.3-66.8
GENDER
Male 2,050 688 32.1 29.6-34.6 1,362 67.9 65.4-70.4
Female 2,582 993 37.5 35.1-39.8 1,589 62.5 60.2-64.9
RACE/ETHNICITY
Non-Hispanic White 2,925 1,294 41.9 39.7-44.0 1,631 58.1 56.0-60.3
Non-Hispanic Black 891 225 27.0 23.2-31.0 666 73.0 69.0-76.8
Non-Hispanic Am Indian 134 28 19.6 12.5-29.5 106 80.4 70.5-87.5
Non-Hispanic Multiracial 76 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Non-Hispanic Other 86 *** *** *** *** *** ***
Hispanic 433 54 10.6 7.7-14.4 379 89.4 85.6-92.3
AGE
18-34 795 151 19.9 16.8-23.4 644 80.1 76.6-83.2
35-44 647 210 35.7 31.2-40.4 437 64.3 59.6-68.8
45-54 763 283 37.5 33.4-41.7 480 62.5 58.3-66.6
55-64 864 367 42.6 38.6-46.8 497 57.4 53.2-61.4
65-74 895 385 45.3 41.2-49.5 510 54.7 50.5-58.8
75+ 577 237 37.3 32.3-42.6 340 62.7 57.4-67.7
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 455 39 11.0 7.6-15.7 416 89.0 84.3-92.4
H.S. or G.E.D. 1,200 264 23.1 20.2-26.3 936 76.9 73.7-79.8
Some Post-H.S. 1,296 479 38.3 35.1-41.6 817 61.7 58.4-64.9
College Graduate 1,664 893 54.1 51.3-57.0 771 45.9 43.0-48.7
FUNCTIONAL DISABILITY
Yes 1,426 410 27.5 24.6-30.5 1,016 72.5 69.5-75.4
No 3,190 1,264 38.1 36.0-40.1 1,926 61.9 59.9-64.0
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 550 217 36.1 31.3-41.3 333 63.9 58.7-68.7
Non-Veteran 4,074 1,462 34.8 33.0-36.6 2,612 65.2 63.4-67.0
EMPLOYMENT STATUS
Employed or Self-Employed 2,401 896 36.1 33.9-38.5 1,505 63.9 61.5-66.1
Unemployed 263 63 23.7 17.8-30.7 200 76.3 69.3-82.2
Retired 1,309 568 42.8 39.3-46.3 741 57.2 53.7-60.7
Unable to Work 359 67 20.2 15.2-26.2 292 79.8 73.8-84.8
Other not in Labor Force 274 77 28.7 22.5-35.8 197 71.3 64.2-77.5
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 325 39 15.3 10.2-22.2 286 84.7 77.8-89.8
$15,000- 24,999 652 127 19.7 15.8-24.3 525 80.3 75.7-84.2
$25,000- 34,999 390 93 20.8 16.1-26.3 297 79.2 73.7-83.9
$35,000- 49,999 533 176 31.4 26.8-36.4 357 68.6 63.6-73.2
$50,000-74,999 570 253 41.9 37.0-46.9 317 58.1 53.1-63.0
$75,000+ 1,245 697 54.1 50.8-57.4 548 45.9 42.6-49.2
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 917 296 30.0 26.4-33.8 621 70.0 66.2-73.6
POVERTY LEVEL1
Less than 50% 135 14 15.3 8.2-26.7 121 84.7 73.3-91.8
50% to 100% 429 46 11.9 8.2-17.0 383 88.1 83.0-91.8
101% to 150% 504 102 20.2 15.9-25.3 402 79.8 74.7-84.1
151% to 200% 404 120 29.2 23.8-35.3 284 70.8 64.7-76.2
More than 200% 2,221 1,100 47.9 45.4-50.4 1,121 52.1 49.6-54.6
Don't know/Not sure or Refused 917 296 30.0 26.4-33.8 621 70.0 66.2-73.6
HOUSING
Own 3,161 1,404 42.1 40.0-44.3 1,757 57.9 55.7-60.0
Rent 1,116 199 17.3 14.7-20.3 917 82.7 79.7-85.3
Other arrangement 318 59 18.3 13.4-24.7 259 81.7 75.3-86.6
RURAL-URBAN RESIDENT2
Urban 1,312 544 39.0 35.9-42.2 768 61.0 57.8-64.1
Regional City or Suburban County 1,269 463 35.2 32.1-38.5 806 64.8 61.5-67.9
Rural 2,051 674 31.3 28.7-33.9 1,377 68.7 66.1-71.3
NC DEPT OF COMMERCE COUNTY TIER3
Most Distressed Counties (Tier 1) 1,356 411 27.9 25.0-31.1 945 72.1 68.9-75.0
Less Distressed Counties (Tier 2) 1,475 519 33.4 30.5-36.5 956 66.6 63.5-69.5
Least Distressed Counties (Tier 3) 1,801 751 39.9 37.1-42.6 1,050 60.1 57.4-62.9
CDC SOCIAL VULNERABILITY INDEX4
1st Quartile - Least Vulnerable 1,402 593 39.8 36.8-42.9 809 60.2 57.1-63.2
2nd Quartile 1,190 432 35.7 32.5-39.1 758 64.3 60.9-67.5
3rd Quartile 1,319 454 32.3 29.2-35.5 865 67.7 64.5-70.8
4th Quartile - Most Vulnerable 721 202 25.9 21.9-30.4 519 74.1 69.6-78.1

Back to Oral Health.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to changes in the weighting methodology and other factors, results from 2020 are NOT comparable to 2010
and earlier years.

***The estimate was suppressed because it did not meet statistical reliability standards. See BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for more details.

1Based on 2020 U.S Census Bureau poverty threshold incomes. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

2Based on U.S Census Bureau population estimates at the county level. Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

3NC Dept. of Commerce County Tier Classification, based on respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

4Quartile of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Social Vulnerability Index
(https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/placeandhealth/svi/index.html) for respondentís county of residence.
Please see the BRFSS 2020 Annual Results Technical Notes for details.

^Use caution in interpreting cell sizes less than 50, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

BRFSS Home | Annual Questionnaires | Technical Notes

This page was generated on 30AUG21.

SCHS Home | FAQs | Contacts