Nearly three fourths of adults have some degree of periodontal disease. Aside from the traditionally discussed dental complications of gum recession, tooth root decay, tooth loss, bite collapse and bad breath, there are now well documented medical complications of periodontal disease, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and peripheral vascular disease.
The number of adults in the U.S. suffering from periodontal disease may be significantly higher than previous research has indicated, according to a study published online today in the Journal of Dental Research (September 21, 2010).
The study, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP), researchers appear to have underestimated by as much as 50% how many cases of moderate to severe periodontitis actually exist in the U.S. population.
Because of the ever increasing research that suggests the connection between periodontal disease and systemic health, it is important that Americans have regular dental examinations and dental hygiene.
So, don’t procrastinate and make an appointment to see your dentist today.
My interview with Beth Truett, President and CEO of Oral Health America
I had the opportunity to interview Beth Truett of the non-profit Oral Health America this morning.
Some background from the press release:
Did you know that tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America, affecting nearly half of second graders and almost eighty percent of seventeen year-olds? In fact, over 51 million school hours are lost each year due to dental-related problems and an astonishing 100-million-plus Americans lack dental insurance.
That is why Oral Health America’s Smiles Across America® program (SAA), in partnership with Trident are teaming up to help fight cavities among children and address the need for oral disease prevention services. To help further the cause in the second phase of Trident’s three-year, multi-million dollar commitment to Smiles Across America, parents can purchase any pack of Trident gum from September 13 through September 19 and five cents per pack (up to $600,000) will be donated to Smiles Across America.
This looks like a very worthwhile program. By merely chewing some gum (Trident, of course) you not only improve your own saliva flow and dental health, but, you also help America’s dental health.
For more information please visit the Oral Health America website.