The International and American Associations for Dental Research published a paper that found that periodontitis ranks as the 6th most prevalent health condition in the world, according to a Medical News Today article.
Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that damages the soft tissue and bone.
?With periodontitis, the alveolar bone around the teeth is slowly and progressively lost. Microorganisms, such as bacteria, stick to the surface of the tooth and multiply - an overactive immune system reacts with inflammation.?
In addition to plaque, periodontitis can result in tooth loss, and can increase the risk of stroke and a heart attack, among other complications.
?In 2010, severe periodontitis was the sixth most prevalent condition in the world affecting 743 million people worldwide. Between 1990 and 2010, the global age-standardized prevalence of severe periodontitis was static at 11.2%. The age-standardized incidence of severe periodontitis in 2010 was 701 cases per 100,000 person-years, a non-significant increase from the 1990 incidence of severe periodontitis. Prevalence increased gradually with age showing a steep increase between the third and fourth decades of life that was driven by a peak in incidence at around 38 years of age. There were considerable variations in prevalence and incidence between regions and countries.?