Gum disease is one of the most worrisome problems you can face when it comes to your oral health. It can cause tooth loss, throat cancer, and has even been linked to heart disease. Yet it’s also one of the most easily preventable diseases currently afflicting American adults.
With that in mind, we’re going to look at one remarkably simple way to prevent gum disease – flossing.
Gum disease starts out as gingivitis. Most people with gingivitis have gums that can bleed easily when brushing and flossing and they have issues with chronic bad breath. In many cases, the gums might also look red or inflamed.
Flossing between the teeth and along the gumline is the most effective method for removing plaque and food particles before they can harden into tartar.
It’s worth noting that the act of flossing is more than just moving the strand back and forth between your teeth. The ideal flossing technique starts by wrapping the excess floss around your middle fingers. Then, firmly grip a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Work the floss on your teeth in a U-shape and gently clear the space between the teeth and your gumline. Be sure to also floss behind your back teeth.
If you need help with flossing or want a consultation about the health of your mouth, call us today at 715-644-3601.