According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a new study has confirmed that nearly one out of two U.S. adults age 30 and over has periodontitis, which is the advanced form of periodontal disease. That comes out to be approximately 64.7 million Americans! These same studies also indicate that the prevalence of periodontitis is highest among ethnic minorities, 63.5% Hispanic-Americans, 59.1% Non-Hispanic Blacks, and 50% Non-Hispanic Asian Americans are affected.
“The updated findings verify a high burden of periodontitis in the US adult population. Public health programs that aim to prevent and control periodontitis are needed to improve the overall health of our adult population.” said Paul Eke, PhD, MPH the CDC’s epidemiologist and lead study author.
Periodontal disease is a serious public health issue that affects people of all backgrounds and it is preventable. Even if you already suffer with periodontitis with the proper treatment and care periodontal disease is often reversible. The first step is to receive a full-mouth periodontal evaluation to get an accurate dental assessment.
If you believe that you or your family member suffer from periodontal disease it is important that you seek help soon. After all, periodontal disease can affect more than your teeth. We now understand that having periodontal disease may put you at an increased risk of such diseases as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory tract disease. To learn more about how to be checked for and prevent periodontal disease contact us today.