Most Americans Have Gum Disease

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The American Academy of Periodontology reports that more than half of Americans suffer from gum disease, which creates a significant epidemic and creates risk for tooth loss and complications. In fact, one out of at least every two Americans 30 or over suffers from gum disease and the incidence increases in adults 65 and over.

Periodontal disease is characterized as a “chronic inflammatory disease that effects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth,” the American Academy of Periodontology says.

The data comes from the national Center For Disease Control’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, which took place 2009-10. This survey included an exam to judge whether the person effected was experiencing mild to severe periodontitis. Findings focused on gum disease and did not assess gingivitis, the mildest form, or precursor to true gum disease.

It was found that those living below the poverty line were more apt to suffer from gum disease. Predisposition to the disease was also found to be more prevalent among smokers and those with less than a high school education.

Because the findings were so illuminating, they may help public policy leaders decide on future public policy. The study determined that “periodontal disease is one of the most prevalent non-communicable chronic diseases in our population, similar to cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” according to Robert Genco, DDS, PhD, Distinguished Professor at The State University of New York at Buffalo and Past President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the International Association for Dental Research.

Based on these findings, comprehensive periodontal exams are recommended at least annually and more frequently for those who are at more risk. 

Dr. Arash Vahid and the dental professionals at AV Dental Associates in Jersey City New Jersey are well versed in treating all stages of gum disease and can provide preventative advice for those who are currently not suffering the effects of periodontal disease. Call our office today to schedule an annual cleaning and periodontal exam.