Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common cause of tooth loss among adults. It affects about 46% of adults ages 30 or older; about 9% of adults have severe periodontal disease.1
Problems with your teeth, gums, or other parts of the mouth can increase your risk of having some diseases or health conditions. Small steps, like seeing a dentist regularly for checkups, can help you protect your mouth and teeth and live well at any age.
The A Healthy Mouth for Every Body campaign offers a variety of materials to help you and your family take good care of your oral health.
Oral health topics
1. National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (n.d.). Periodontal (Gum) Disease.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019). Oral Health Surveillance Report: Trends in Dental Caries and Sealants, Tooth Retention, and Edentulism, United States, 1999–2004 to 2011–2016. Atlanta, GA: CDC, US Dept of Health and Human Services.
3. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019). Adult Oral Health.
4. American Cancer Society (2021). Key Statistics for Oral Cavity and Oropharyngeal Cancers.