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Gum disease is an inflammation and infection of the gum tissue caused by the excess buildup of bacteria, plaque and tartar. Without proper care and treatment this can have a serious negative impact on the health of your gums as well as the bones that help anchor your teeth to your jaw.

When you brush and floss your teeth it is important to remove food particles and the sticky film of bacteria (plaque) that forms along the teeth and near the gum line. If it is not removed it can easily harden into tartar. Tartar buildup near the gum line is the primary factor leading to gum disease.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste can help remove food particles and plaque. Unfortunately brushing alone cannot remove plaque from the gum line.

Dental floss is the most effective tool for removing food particles and plaque before it can become tartar. Ideally you want to work the floss around each tooth in a U shape. Then work the floss up and down in a series of strokes to remove any food particles from between teeth and along the gums. Be sure to floss the rear of your back teeth as well.

Once you are done a quick rinse with antiseptic mouthwash will help kill some of the lingering bacteria and wash residual particles away.

If you have questions about gum disease or your flossing technique, please call us at 972-727-7269 and let us help you keep your smile healthy and bright this holiday season!