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If you’ve ever read about gum disease, you probably realize that its effects can be major: lost teeth, infected gums and injured bones. So that must mean that the disease is really unlikely, 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 think, gum disease is actually very common. Some estimates by the Center for Disease Control say that about half of U.S. adults struggle with some type of gum disease. Since multiple of us eat foods high in sugar (such as soda and candy), we develop higher levels of plaque and facilitate the advance of gum disease. There are two keys to making periodontal disease less prevalent. The first step is to stop eating so many excessively sugary-sweet foods so that we have less plaque. The second step is to practice great oral hygiene by brushing two times a day and flossing once per day. Visiting the doctor at least every half of a year also helps! Every appointment to our office includes an inspection for gum disease.

Reach out to the Lee’s Summit, Missouri, James D. Schuette. DDS. staff now at 816-554-7656 to set up your next visit with Dr. James D. Schuette.