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Severe Periodontitis (Gum) Disease: 6th Most Prevalent Health Condition in the World

It’s always humbling to think of things on a global scale. I’m from a very suburban town so it’s easy to get caught up in my own bubble. When I came across a new study from The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) on Gum Disease, I was shocked to learn that it’s one of the top health conditions in the world! – 6th to be exact! 

We’re not talking about just Gingivitis here, but Severe Periodontitis that affects 743 million people worldwide. Gingivitis is an infection disease that attacks the connective tissue around the tooth. If gingivitis goes untreated for too long, the bacteria moves past the tissues and into the supporting bone of the tooth. Once in the bone, it is known as severe periodontitis and can lead to permanent tooth loss if not professionally treated. It’s outstanding to think that 743 million globally are facing potential tooth loss!

According to the study, the prevalence of severe periodontitis increases with age, with a peak around 38 years old. Encouraging simple daily oral hygiene like brushing, flossing, and rinsing, and regular dental check-ups can prevent gingivitis and severe periodontitis. It is important to encourage these daily routines in young patients to ensure healthy smiles through adulthood. 

For more information and to read the full press release from the IADR, follow the link here.


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