Gum Disease, also known as periodontal disease is an inflammation of the gum tissue caused by the excess buildup of bacteria, plaque and tartar. This causes a low grade infection in the gum tissues, which over time can cause a loss of material in the bones that anchor your teeth into your jaw.
Brushing your teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste with fluoride will go a long way towards cleaning your teeth. However the biggest cause of periodontal disease comes from plaque and tartar build up at and under the gum line.
Cut off a section of floss roughly 16 to 18 inches long and wrap the excess floss around your middle fingers. Then use a firm grip to hold a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers.
Gently work the floss between your teeth. It’s important that you don’t force the floss between your teeth as this can potentially harm the gums. You might prefer to use waxed floss if the spaces between your teeth are tight.
Work the floss around your teeth in a U shape and gently work it into the space between your gum line and the tooth. Carefully use the floss to remove any food particles or unseen plaque from the gums. On larger teeth like molars this might require three motions to focus on the rear and front of the gum line.
If you have questions about gum disease or your flossing technique, please call us at 912-354-9541 to schedule an appointment.