03 Nov 2023
4 min read
By Dr. Azim Malik
Specialist Periodontist and Implant Surgeon
Periodontal disease in the UK affects anywhere between 25%-40% of adults.
Severe disease affects anywhere between 15%-20% of adults.
I don’t think there’s a particular problem in the UK.
I think other similar countries have similar prevalence.
It all depends on whether they’re in the developing or non-developing world.
I think there’s a similar trend in the developing world – but I certainly think it’s diagnosed much more here than in the developing world.
Let’s imagine you have two countries – let’s say one in Asia and one in Europe.
There is more of a culture here of seeing your dentist every six months or every 12 months.
And this culture doesn’t actually exist in many respects in some Asian countries – especially in poorer nations like China, for instance.
People tend to go to the dentist as and when needed – when they’re in pain.
Whereas here, many people go to the dentist once every six months or once a year.
So we get more people being diagnosed with periodontal disease.
So we will probably report the disease much more than in some other countries – simply because they’re not diagnosing the disease.
Similarly, we may think mental health is a big issue here but statistically it may not appear so prevalent in India.
But actually that’s because they’re not diagnosing it.
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