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If you’ve ever heard about gum disease, you recognize that its effects can be serious: lost teeth, infected gums and hurt bones. So that must mean that the disease is really unlikely, right? Most people still have their teeth, don’t they? Actually, the truth may surprise you. Keep reading to find out more.

Despite what you may believe, periodontal disease is actually very common. A few estimates by the Center for Disease Control say that about half of U.S. adults hurt from some type of periodontal disease. Since multiple of us eat foods high in sugar (like soda and candy), we form higher levels of plaque and facilitate the growth of periodontal disease. There are two keys to making gum 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 strong oral hygiene by brushing two times daily and flossing one time per day. Visiting the dentist at least every half of a year also helps! Every appointment to our office includes a check for gum disease.

Get ahold of the Logan, Utah, Ridge View Smile Care team at 435-752-1434 to set up your appointment with Dr. Brandon Schvaneveldt.