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Periodontitis a bigger problem in the U.S. than previously thought
Updated: 9/1/2012 6:00:07 AM

Periodontitis a bigger problem in the U.S. than previously thought  

Americans need greater access to affordable dental care, and they have the tooth decay to show it. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR), there is a high prevalence of periodontitis among U.S. adults.

Researchers examined more than 3,700 adults over the age of 30 to come to their conclusion. They discovered that 47 percent had mild, moderate or severe periodontitis. Furthermore, among adults 65 and older, 64 percent had moderate to severe periodontitis. The scientists added that these numbers are higher than expected.

"The IADR/AADR Journal of Dental Research is pleased to publish this study about the prevalence of periodontitis in adult Americans," said JDR editor-in-chief William Giannobile. "This study provides an in-depth look at the socio-demographic breakdown of periodontal disease in U.S. adults."

The prevalence of periodontitis was highest in males, smokers and individuals with less than a high school education.

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