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If you’ve ever learned about periodontal disease, you may know that its effects can be severe: lost pearly whites, infected gums and damaged bones. So that must mean that the disease is really not common, right? Most people still have their pearly whites, don’t they? Actually, the truth may surprise you. Keep reading to find out more.

Despite what you may believe, gum disease is actually very common. A few estimates by the Center for Disease Control say that about half of U.S. adults deal with some type of gum disease. Since lots of us consume foods high in sugar (such as soda and candy), we form higher levels of plaque and facilitate the development of gum disease. There are two keys to making periodontal disease less prevalent. The first step is to stop chomping away on so many excessively sugary-sweet foods so that we have less plaque. The second step is to practice strong oral hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. Seeing the dentist at least every six months also helps! Every visit to our office includes a check for periodontal disease.

Get ahold of the Savage, Minnesota, Smiles of Distinction staff now at 952-894-2545 to pencil in your next checkup with Dr. Bartholemew Schultz.