The American Academy of Peridontology (AAP) was recently invited to provide testimony to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Oral Health (CDCDOH) as part of the strategic planning process for 2011 through 2014. The goal is to develop a surveillance program to determine the incidence and prevalence of periodontal disease in the US population. An initial study indicates that the incidence of periodontal disease may be two to three times higher than previous estimates. This is important because of the growing body of research that links periodontal disease to other disease states, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The testimony recommends promoting public awareness of periodontal disease prevalence in the US and the importance of periodontal health in achieving overall health.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309