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Periodontitis is sixth most prevalent health condition

30 September 2014

Periodontitis is sixth most prevalent health condition

Severe periodontitis is the sixth most prevalent health condition in the world, according to a new report.

The study, published in the Journal of Dental Research, found that 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-standardised prevalence of severe periodontitis was static at 11.2 per cent.

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.  

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