New Research Supports Assessing Risk, Preventive Treatment for Periodontal Disease

New Research Supports Assessing Risk, Preventive Treatment for Periodontal Disease

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) supports new research(https://jdr.sagepub.com/content/early/2013/06/05/0022034513492336.full) published online in the Journal of Dental Research confirming the need for careful risk assessment to determine which patients may benefit from additional treatment to prevent periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease impacts over half of the U.S. adult population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  The AAP recommends that all patients receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation once a year to effectively screen and assess risk for disease, and to guide preventive care.

Half of American Adults Suffer From Gum Disease

Half of American Adults Suffer From Gum Disease

One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  A study titled Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010 estimates that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease.  In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent.  This study is published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research

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