Dentist Orland Park, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Lockport Half of US Adults Have Gum Disease

Orland Park, IL Dental Tips

If you are an adult over the age of 30, there’s nearly a 50 percent chance that you have periodontal (gum) disease, according to a recent study in the Journal of Dental Research.


Scientists evaluated data on the periodontal health of 3,742 individuals participating in the 2009 and 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. More than 47 percent had mild, moderate or severe periodontal disease. This rate would mean that nearly 65 million U.S. adults have periodontal disease.


Older adults (age 65 and older) studied were more likely to have moderate or severe periodontal disease. Other risk factors noted by researchers included being male, being in the Mexican American ethnic group, having less than a high school education, living below poverty level or being a current smoker.




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