Gum disease is an inflammation or infection of the gum tissue. It is caused by the presence of bacteria in plaque and tartar at the gum line. Without proper resolution gum disease can advance into periodontitis which can have a serious negative impact on the health of your gums and the roots of your teeth.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste can help remove food particles and plaque. Unfortunately, there are places where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Dental floss is the most effective tool you have at home for removing food particles and plaque from along the gum line. People that have a hard time working the floss between their teeth often prefer waxed dental floss as it slides in easier.
The most effective flossing involves wrapping excess floss around your middle fingers. Then use a firm grip to hold a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Work the floss around your teeth in a U shape and gently work it into the space between your gum line and the tooth.
It’s very difficult to remove tartar once it hardens onto teeth. Only the tools and techniques employed by your dentist can effectively remove all the tartar from your teeth. This makes it especially important for you to keep your twice a year dental checkup.
If you are concerned about gum disease or your flossing technique, please call us at 218-829-4207 to schedule an appointment.