One of your smile’s biggest threats is gum disease, which has also been linked to health problems such as tooth loss, bone cancer, and heart disease. While gum disease can seem scary and complex, it is one of the most preventable diseases that adult Americans face.
Gum disease begins with gingivitis, a condition in which the gums bleed easily when you brush and floss. Gums can also look red or inflamed. Many patients that have gingivitis also develop chronic bad breath.
The simplest and most effective method to avoid gum disease is to practice flossing regularly to remove food particles and plaque buildup from the gum line. Food left on the teeth will eventually form tartar and lead to gingivitis, which is why your teeth need to be flossed regularly.
You may think flossing is just maneuvering a string back and forth between your teeth, but this is not the best method. The proper way to floss is to wrap the ends of the string around both of your middle fingers and grip a few inches of the floss with your thumb and forefingers, then work the floss around each tooth in a U-shape to clean between teeth, behind your back teeth, and around the gum line.
For more information on gum disease in Orem, Utah, and to schedule a visit with our dentist, Dr. Douglas B Ball, call contact Dental Center at 801.224.6165 today!