How Prevalent is Periodontal Disease in US?
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease affects nearly half of people over the age of 30. Unfortunately, the risk of gum disease becomes higher with age. Two out of every three adults over the age of 65 have moderate or severe gum disease. This study, published in the “Journal of Dental Research,” was based on the 200-2010 National Health and Nutrition Evaluation Survey and included nearly 3,800 people.
Researchers performed full-mouth periodontal exams and measured pocket depth, attachment loss and other indicators of gum disease to determine the extent of the problem. They found that men, smokers, non-Hispanic Blacks and Mexican-Americans had the highest risks of gum disease. Lower socioeconomic status patients with less than a high school education were also correlated with a higher risk of gum disease.
Without treatment, gum disease can lead to serious dental health problems, including lost gum and bone tissue, and tooth loss. It can also increase the risk of other health problems, including pregnancy complications, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. Good dental habits are important for reducing these risks, but we recommend having annual periodontal evaluations as you age. This can help you spot the earliest signs of gum disease when it can be most easily treated. If you smoke or have other risk factors, you may need more frequent checkups.
Contact us today to find more about how you can protect yourself against gum disease or to schedule an appointment with our team.