The Forgotten Danger of Periodontitis

We’re all too familiar with the frightening statistics that show how diseases and conditions such as heart disease and obesity are major health crises, at least in America. And when we think of the world’s health, diseases such as malaria or any number of disorders arising from nutritional deficiencies may enter the picture, too.

But did you know one of the most prevalent health conditions in the world has to do with oral health and hygiene? Yes, you read that right– severe periodontitis is ranked sixth, overall. In case you didn’t know, periodontitis is an inflammation of the periodontium. Bacteria infect not only the roots of the teeth, but surrounding gums as well, and cause symptoms such as severe bleeding and pus production. Eventually, this leads to a breakdown of the bone and tissue structures supporting the teeth.

A set of fine looking teeth

Practice good oral hygiene in order to prevent diseases like periodontitis.

The research, first published by the International and American Associations for Dental Research in a paper titled “Global Burden of Periodontitis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Regression”, reveals that about 743 million people suffer from this disease. In the populations that were surveyed, the incidence of the disease had a gradual increase with age, but between age 30 and 40, there was a sharp increase. By publishing this paper, the researchers hope to bring attention to severe periodontitis and the public health issue it causes. [Read more…]