The Centers for Disease Control Study Indicates that 50% of US Adults
Have Periodontal Disease
A new study,
published in the Journal of Dental Research, indicates that half of the U.S.
adult population has some form of periodontal disease. One out of every two
American adults age 30 or older has periodontal disease, according to a new
study published in the
Journal of Dental
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
collected data as part of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional
status of adults and children in the United States. The data indicated that
almost 65 million American adults have some form of periodontal disease. The
rate increases to 70% for Americans over the age of 65.
American Academy of
Periodontology (AAP) has been working closely with the Centers for Disease
Control since 2003 to determine the extent, severity, and prevalence of
periodontal disease in the United States.
"This is the most accurate
picture of periodontal disease in the U.S. adult population we have ever had."
Dr. Pamela McClain, President of the AAP said that, "We now have a precise
measure of the prevalence of periodontal disease and can better understand the
true severity and extent of periodontal disease in our country". Additionally,
"This is the most accurate picture of periodontal disease in the U.S. adult
population we have ever had."
The study indicated some differences
among certain segments of the U.S. population. Periodontal disease is higher in
men than women (56.4% versus 38.4%) and is highest in Mexican-Americans
(66.7%). Other segments with high prevalence rates include current Smokers also
had a higher rate (64.2%) and those with less than a high school education
Co-author of the study, Dr. Robert Genco, believes these
findings elevate periodontal disease as a public health concern. "We now know
that periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent noncommunicable chronic
diseases in our population, similar to cardiovascular disease and diabetes," he
Dr. McClain of the AAP added "Many of our patients have
periodontal disease and do not know it. As dental professionals, it is more
important than ever that we provide patients with a comprehensive periodontal
evaluation annually to determine their disease status."
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