People need to know that according to a report in the Journal of Dental Research, approximately half of all Americans have some degree of periodontal disease and aren’t aware of it. More specifically, the study reveals that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease. Among those older than 65, the rate soars to over 70 percent.
For those who are unsure, periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that targets the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth. It’s a prevalent dental problem that can cause tooth loss and is connected with a few other chronic inflammatory conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
The study findings were gathered from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. The purpose of the survey is to gauge the health and nutritional status of American adults and children.
Despite the common occurrence of periodontal issues, there is still reason for optimism if you are proactive with your dental care. Regular dental exams are the best means to detect and treat periodontal problems early. This means a skilled dentist is your best offense and defense in the war for healthy teeth and gums.