Gum disease starts when residual food particles and plaque at the gum line are allowed to harden into tartar. This causes an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues. Brushing your teeth twice a day will help to clean away residual food particles and plaque the surfaces of teeth. However, brushing alone is completely ineffective at cleaning between teeth and the gum line.
The ADA and Studio 1 Dental both recognize that flossing is the most effective way to clean between teeth. Flossing should be performed immediately after every time you brush your teeth.
The ideal flossing technique starts by wrapping excess floss around your middle fingers. Then firmly grip a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Work the floss around your teeth in a U shape and gently clear the space between the teeth and your gum line. Make sure you also floss behind your back teeth.
Once you are done brushing and flossing your teeth, you can vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. While antiseptic mouthwash does help remove loosened food particles and kill bacteria, it cannot match the effectiveness of floss to clean between teeth and in the gum line.
Your regular dental checkup at Studio 1 Dental includes a thorough dental cleaning, which removes hardened tartar before it can become a serious problem.
If you are concerned about gum disease or your flossing technique, please call Studio 1 Dental at 916.567.0900 to schedule an appointment.