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Groups partner to survey dental health problems
Updated: 8/18/2010 7:00:13 PM

Groups partner to survey dental health problems In an effort to assess the degree to which Americans are in need of dental care, the American Academy of Periodontology has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to survey the prevalence of oral disease.

The groups say that the survey is necessary because oral health has recently been tied to a number of serious conditions like heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. Additionally, rates of tooth decay and gingivitis have been climbing in recent years.

Preliminary results from the survey suggest that rates of periodontal disease may be two to three times higher than previously thought. Alex Farnoosh, a periodontist from Beverly Hills who is participating in the research, said that determining the depths of the problem would be the first step in solving it.

"As research continues to demonstrate the link between periodontal disease and general disease, the significance and implications of this public health pandemic become clear," he said. "Establishing a benchmark of oral health is an important step in diminishing overall rates of disease in America."

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