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Some Common Myths about Gum Disease

One of the biggest myths is that gum disease is not that common. According to the Center for Disease Control half of adults 30 and older have some form of gum disease. Gum disease is an infection in the tissues that surround and support your teeth. It is caused by plaque the sticky film of bacteria that is constantly forming on your teeth. Plaque that is not removed by flossing and brushing becomes tartar or calculus that can not be removed by brushing or flossing. A second myth is if you don’t have cavities you don’t have gum disease. Having gum disease does not mean you will loose your teeth. Brushing twice a day for two minutes and cleaning between your teeth daily, eating healthy and scheduling regular dental visits will help you keep your teeth. GIVE THANKS FOR YOUR TEETH. THEY WORK HARD ON THANKSGIVING.

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