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Research shows a greater number of adults may suffer from gum disease
Updated: 9/22/2010 5:00:14 PM

Research shows a greater number of adults may suffer from gum disease New research finds that the actual number of American adults who suffer from gum disease may actually be much higher than previous estimates indicated. Individuals may want to consider taking precautions to positively change their oral health habits.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease can be prevented with regular dental care. Researchers have discovered that this health problem could be twice as common among adults than they once thought.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) used more than 450 adults who were over the age of 35 and compared them against previous studies. They found that gum disease has been underestimated in adults by almost 50 percent.

Samuel Low, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, said dental hygiene contributes to an individuals' overall health, and these findings prove there is "a more significant public health problem." He adds that although brushing and flossing can help the fight against gum disease, individuals "should expect to get a comprehensive periodontal evaluation every year."

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