CDC has released a major report on health disparities and inequalities, "CDC Health Disparities and Inequalities Report — United States, 2013.” This report is the second in a series addressing a multitude of differences in mortality and disease risk released to behaviors, access to health care, and social determinants of health — the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, and work.
For the first time, the report includes a chapter on periodontitis. The chapter highlights inequalities among adults with periodontitis by race/ethnicity, gender, education and income level, and smoking status. Among the key findings are that the prevalence of periodontitis is significantly higher in non-Hispanic Blacks and Mexican Americans compared to non-Hispanic Whites. In addition, periodontitis is higher in men than in women; in people with less than a high school education; in people of lower income levels; and in current and former smokers. The report was based on analysis of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009–2010. A previous study – published last year – showed that periodontal disease affects a large percentage of U.S. adults. Overall, for 2009–2010, an estimated 47% of adults aged 30 years and older had periodontitis; this increases to 70% for adults aged 65 years and older. The new CDC disparities report is available online at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/ind2013_su.html.