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FAT CHANCE! Not only does gum disease afflict a large portion of the adult population and pose the threat of tooth loss, this inflammatory condition has also been linked with an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other serious conditions. With this in mind, patients should be scrupulous about oral care at home and scheduling regular dental appointments. It may also pay to increase consumption of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. New research indicates that omega-3s significantly decrease the risk of gum disease. People consuming the most DHA (one of the principal omega-3 fatty acids found in fish) were 22 percent less likely to suffer periodontitis; EPA (the other important fish-oil omega-3) also lowered the risk, but not as much. If you are looking for a family dentist who understands the needs of everyone in your family as individuals and as patients, we hope you will consider us at PLATTE VALLEY DENTAL CLINIC. Since there is no pain or discomfort present during the initial stages, people often ignore the signs and symptoms, believing them to be normal occurrences. Knowledge about gum disease is, therefore, imperative to dental health. If you need answers to questions about gum disease, or any other dental health care, don’t hesitate to contact us at 308.234.2828. We’re located at 3915 N. 4th Ave. P.S. Four of every five Americans suffer from some form of gum disease, according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).