United States Rates of Periodontal Disease Underestimated by 50 Per Cent?

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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.

Apparently so.

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.