Clinical Advances in Periodontics - PDF

Background

Donna E. Shalala, former Secretary of Health and Human Services, stated that: 

1) oral health means much more than healthy teeth; 
2) oral health is integral to general health; 
3)most adults show signs of periodontal or gingival diseases, and severe periodontal disease (measured as 6 mm of periodontal attachment loss [AL]) affecting z14% of adults aged 45 to 54 years old; 
4) 23% of 65 to 74 year olds have severe periodontal disease; and 
5) z30% of adults 65 years and older are edentulous.






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