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QuickStats: Prevalence of Moderate and Severe Periodontitis* Among Adults Aged 45–74 Years, by Race/Ethnicity and Age Group — National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, United States, 2009–2010

The figure shows the prevalence of moderate and severe periodontitis among adults aged 45-74 years, by race/ethnicity and age group, in the United States during 2009-2010. During 2009-2010, 45% of adults aged 45-64 years had moderate or severe periodontitis. In that age group, the prevalence of moderate or severe periodontitis was significantly higher for Hispanic and non-Hispanic black adults (59% and 60%) compared with non-Hispanic white adults (39%). Among adults aged 65-74 years, 58% had moderate or severe periodontitis. Hispanics had a higher prevalence of periodontitis (74%) compared with non-Hispanic whites (53%).

* Severe periodontitis was defined as the presence of two or more interproximal sites with ≥6 mm attachment loss and one or more interproximal sites with ≥5 mm probing depth. Moderate periodontitis was defined as two or more interproximal sites with ≥4 mm attachment loss or two or more interproximal sites with ≥5 mm probing depth.

95% confidence interval.

During 2009–2010, 45% of adults aged 45–64 years had moderate or severe periodontitis. In that age group, the prevalence of moderate or severe periodontitis was significantly higher for Hispanic and non-Hispanic black adults (59% and 60%, respectively) compared with non-Hispanic white adults (39%). Among adults aged 65–74 years, 58% had moderate or severe periodontitis. Hispanics had a higher prevalence of periodontitis (74%) compared with non-Hispanic whites (53%).

Source: Eke PI, Dye BA, Wei L, Thornton-Evans GO, Genco RJ. Prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010. J Dent Res 2012;91:914–20.

Reported by: Bruce A. Dye, DDS, bdye@cdc.gov, 301-458-4199; Xianfen Li, MS.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the prevalence of moderate and severe periodontitis among adults aged 45-74 years, by race/ethnicity and age group, in the United States during 2009-2010. During 2009-2010, 45% of adults aged 45-64 years had moderate or severe periodontitis. In that age group, the prevalence of moderate or severe periodontitis was significantly higher for Hispanic and non-Hispanic black adults (59% and 60%) compared with non-Hispanic white adults (39%). Among adults aged 65-74 years, 58% had moderate or severe periodontitis. Hispanics had a higher prevalence of periodontitis (74%) compared with non-Hispanic whites (53%).



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