Periodontal Disease Stats

Facts and figures on the impact of Gum Health

Evidence of how periodontal health improves general health and medical costs

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At the recent Europerio9 meeting in Amsterdam the European Federation of Periodontology stated that:

Oral health represents:

Between 0.5-1% of GDP and about 10% of medical expenses.

They also set out a number of facts and figures that we should all be taking note of and helping do something about:

  • Periodontitis (gum disease) is the most common chronic inflammatory disease of humans.
  • 8 out of 10 people aged 35 and over suffer from some kind of gum complaint.
  • Periodontal diseases are the most common conditions to afflict us europeans but are amongst the least acknowledged.
  • Gum disease can cause tooth loss and affect the rest of the body.
  • Periodontal diseases do not tend to cause pain or intense discomfort. The most frequent symptom is bleeding gums.
  • Periodontal diseases represent a major cause of expenditure in the adult and elderly population.
  • Periodontitis is significantly and independantly associated with the major chronic inflammatory diseases of ageing, including atherogenic cardiovascular disease, type-2 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic kidney disease, obesity and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
  • Severe periodontitis adversely affects blood-sugar levels in non-diabetes subjects and blood-sugar control in diabetes patients.
  • The worse the periodontitis, the worse the diabetes complications (heart & kidney).
  • Overall, studies show that successful periodontal treatment improves diabetes outcomes.
  • Severe periodontal disease imparts significantly elevated risk for coronary artery (heart) disease.

Treatment of periodontal disease

Treatment of periodontal disease to a defined end-point reduces annual medical costs in patients diagnosed with:

  • Type-2 diabetes by 40%
  • Heart disease (coronary artery disease) by 11%
  • Stroke patients (cerebrovascular disease) by 41%

Benefits of treating periodontal disease

The corresponding reductions in hospital admissions are:

  • 39% in diabetes patients
  • 29% in heart disease patients
  • 21% in stroke patients

If you have any concerns about your oral health please do give us a call at Life Dental & Wellbeing, Exeter Dental Practice - we are here to help you keep your own teeth for as long as possible.


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