Did you know one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has gum disease?

Guest Post by Kris W. Owens, DDS, MS Board Certified Periodontist

One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal (gum) disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A study titled “Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010” estimates that 47.2 %, or 65 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis (inflammation of the gums), the more advanced form of periodontal disease. In adults 65 and older, the rates increase to 70.1%percent. This study is published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research. Gum disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. If left untreated, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Research has also shown that gum disease is associated with other chronic inflammatory diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease. To really know if you have periodontal disease, a dental professional must examine each tooth above and below the gum line. A visual examination alone is not enough. These findings suggest that many more people have gum disease than previously thought, so it is more important than ever to receive a thorough evaluation from your dental professional every year.

 

Guest Post by Kris W. Owens, DDS, MS Board Certified Periodontist

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