One out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease, according to recent findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
A recent study estimates that 47.2 percent, or 64.7 million American adults, have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, the more advanced form of periodontal disease.
In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent. This study is published in the Journal of Dental Research, the official publication of the International and American Associations for Dental Research.
Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the gum tissue and bone supporting the teeth, according to the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).
If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss. Periodontitis is caused by microorganisms that adhere to and grow on the tooth surfaces, along with an overly aggressive immune response against these microorganisms.
A diagnosis of periodotitis is established by inspecting the soft gum tissues around the teeth with a probe and by evaluation of x-rays.
Specialist in the treatment of periodontitis is a Periodontist. Montgomery Dental group has a Specialized Periodontist on board that takes care of our patients.