Gum Disease Survey Report

September 16, 2012

Gum disease affects more adults than previously thought. Make sure your smile is protected.

In a National Health and Nutrition Examination survey, a full-mouth, comprehensive periodontal examination was conducted over 450 adults over the age of 35. The implication is that more American adults may suffer from moderate to severe periodontal disease than previously thought.

Periodontal disease involves inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the tooth sockets. Gingivitis is a form of periodontal disease.

Research published in The Journal of Dental Research from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) suggests that the prevalence of periodontal disease may have been underestimated by as much as 50 percent.

To help prevent periodontal disease, Dr. Qureshi recommends routine cleanings and examinations at least every 6 months.