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Gum disease is acknowledged as a serious dental health issue by many experts, but a recently released report by the American Academy of Periodontology claims that the number of individuals with some level of gum disease may be anywhere from two- to three-times higher than previously thought.
As a result of their findings, the academy recently gave testimony to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in which they asked the agency to make educating the public about the disease a higher priority.
Prior studies have linked gum disease to other serious conditions like heart disease and diabetes, which president of the academy, Samuel Low, said is all the more reason that the CDC should do whatever they can to help people prevent the condition.
"Periodontal disease is a serious public health issue that may have a significant impact on the overall wellness of the US population," he said.
About 80 percent of adults have some form of gum disease, according to the National Organization of Health.
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