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Facts About Gum Disease

Updated: Jan 4, 2021

  • 66.9% of people with less than a high school education suffer from periodontal (gum) disease.

  • 1 in 2 American adults over 30 has periodontal disease.

  • Periodontal disease is linked to other chronic inflammatory diseases, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

  • Gum disease is more prevalent in men than women.

  • Periodontitis (advanced gum disease) is more prevalent in people over 65 years old than in those between 30-64.


"Maintaining good periodontal health is important to the overall health and well-being of our aging population. Our findings support a need for public health programs to improve the oral health of adults."

- Paul Eke, MPH, PhD, lead author and CDC epidemiologist


"These findings suggest that many more people have periodontal disease than previously thought, so it is more important than ever to receive a comprehensive periodontal evaluation from your dental professional every year."

- Pamela McClain, DDS, President of the American Academy of Periodontology and a practicing periodontist in Aurora, CO


Call us today at (916) 774-4499 to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist, Dr. Hetal Rana, to see if Periodontal Maintenance can help you stay happy and healthy.

*Statistics based on data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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