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Gum Disease Rates Far Higher Than Previously Estimated

Periodontitis (Gum disease) in the US may be as much as 50% more common than previously thought, according to new research from the CDC and American Academy of Periodontology (AAP).

A pilot study of 450 American adults found significantly higher levels of periodontal disease than expected.

Previous estimates of periodontitis in the US relied on partial-mouth examinations. When full-mouth periodontal exams were conducted instead, researchers discovered significantly more periodontal disease, leading them to suspect that previous estimates may have underestimated the population's level of gum disease by up to 50%.

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