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Dr. Borgnakke, team receive Clinical Research Award

Dr. Wenche Borgnakke

Ann Arbor, Mich., Sept. 20, 2016 -- A team of researchers including Dr. Wenche Borgnakke, adjunct clinical assistant professor at the School of Dentistry, received the 2016 American Academy of Periodontics Clinical Research Award during the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego, Calif., earlier this month.

The award was for a paper that Dr. Borgnakke authored with members of the Workgroup for Periodontitis Surveillance co-sponsored by the the AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Published in The Journal of Periodontology, “Update on Prevalence of Periodontitis in Adults in the United States: NHANES 2009 to 2012” examines the extent and severity of periodontitis in the U.S. adult population using combined data from the 2009 to 2010 and 2011 to 2012 cycles of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, or NHANES. The study found that 46 percent of adults, representing 64.7 million people, had periodontitis, with 8.9 percent having severe periodontitis. The prevalence was greater in non-Hispanic Asians than non-Hispanic whites. The distribution provides valuable information for population-based action to prevent or manage periodontitis across the population.

The AAP presents the award to the most outstanding scientific published article with direct clinical relevance in periodontics.

The article abstract can be found on the website Journal of Periodontology Online.



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