According to the report, one out of every two American adults aged 30 and over has periodontal disease. The findings are based on data collected as part of CDC’s 2009-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States.(7)
The 2009-2010 NHANES included for the first time a full-mouth periodontal examination to assess for mild, moderate, or severe periodontitis, making it the most comprehensive survey of periodontal health ever conducted in the U.S. Researchers measured periodontitis because it is the most destructive form of periodontal disease. Gingivitis, the earliest stage of periodontal disease, was not assessed.
A flawed disclosure causes a retraction on a disinfection paper recently published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA).(8)
The paper was retracted after learning that the author took liberties with certain critical information about the trial. The article, “The Effect of Long-Term Disinfection on Clinical Contact Surfaces,” was written by Charles John Palenik, who retired as director of infection control research and services at Indiana University in 2011.(9)
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Maria Perno Goldie, RDH, MS
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