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    New CDC study finds high periodontal disease prevalence in Southern U.S. states

    The study found startling statistics about periodontitis in some parts of the United States.


    “This is the first study to model the distribution of adult periodontitis in states and local areas in the United States,” says Dr. Paul Eke, CDC epidemiologist and lead author of the study. Dr. Eke goes on to say, “We found the estimated geographic distribution of adult periodontitis to be highest among southeastern and southwestern states, with concentrated pockets along the southeast, in the Mississippi Delta, along the U.S.-Mexico border, and among Native American reservations. Given how closely associated the risk for periodontitis is with other chronic conditions, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, the prevention and treatment of periodontitis represents an opportunity for dental and medical professionals to work together to improve the public’s health.”

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    The figures are the latest reported by the CDC to determine the burden on periodontitis on the U.S. adult population. The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) and the CDC, which have collaborated since 2003 to determine periodontitis prevalence, have found that nearly half of all U.S. adults age 30 and above have some form of periodontal disease.

    “Periodontal disease continues to be a major health concern for people of all backgrounds,” remarked Dr. Wayne Aldredge, president of the AAP. “The AAP is committed to increasing public awareness of periodontal health and will continue to work with allied dental organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies to reduce incidence of periodontitis in the U.S. adult population.”

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    The AAP recommends regular flossing, brushing twice a day, and undergoing yearly comprehensive periodontal evaluations for the prevention of periodontal disease, which is treatable and often reversible with proper and timely care from a periodontist. “Individuals who suspect they may have gum disease should schedule an appointment with a general dentist in their area,” continued Dr. Aldredge. “General dentists can provide a referral to a nearby periodontist if disease is present.”

    The complete “Predicting Periodontitis at State and Local Levels in the United States” study can be accessed by visiting http://jdr.sagepub.com/.

    For more information about periodontal disease, please visit perio.org.

    This press release was reprinted from materials provided by Lanmark360. It has been edited for content and length.


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