How common is periodontitis?

Periodontitis is very common. It is particularly common in adults who have had or do have gingivitis. It is less common in children and teenagers than it is in adults, though teenagers may suffer from gingivitis that leads to periodontitis later.

Steven Bradway
There are two types of gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue and affects all humans at some time in their life. Periodontitis is a different disease that causes bone loss around a patients tooth. Periodontitis only affects 15-25% of the human population. Periodontitis does not produce pain so most people do not know they have periodontitis until it is detected in an examination by a dentist, hygienist, or periodontist.
Periodontitis, a serious form of gum disease, affects about 5% of the U.S. population between the ages of 20 and 64, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). However, some dental researchers believe it is actually much more common.

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