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Gum Disease is Prevalent among Ethnic Minorities, According to the CDC

gum disease is prevalent among ethnic minoritiesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that almost half of American adults over the age of 30, or 64.7 million people, have a severe form of gum disease called periodontitis. This research was published in the Journal of Periodontology and shows that ethnic minorities are the most affected. Hispanic-Americans had the highest rate of periodontitis, with 63.5% affected. Non-Hispanic Black Americans had a periodontitis rate of 59.1%, and 50% of Non-Hispanic Asian Americans have periodontitis.

While periodontal (gum) disease is a risk for people of any racial background, it appears that minorities are more likely to be affected. The good news is the with proper treatment of a skilled dentist such as El Monte dentist, Dr. Bijan Afar of Allure Dental Arts that all adults over the age of 30 have annual, comprehensive periodontal exams by a dentist to determine if they have gum disease, and to begin treatment.

Remember that the best way to keep your mouth healthy is with preventive care. As Allure Dental Arts prefers to have the least invasive treatment possible, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene at home and keep current on your dental exams. Remember that bad oral hygiene isn’t just going to cause bad breath, but a host of oral problems and put you at risk for bodily disease.

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