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The ADA recommends that you brush and floss your teeth twice each day. This helps to prevent tooth decay and problems with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues. The primary cause is hardened tartar caused by residual food particles and plaque that were not removed by an effective oral hygiene routine.

People who do not attend to their oral hygiene are much more likely to develop some form of periodontal disease. Your regular dental checkup is the most effective way to remove hardened tartar from your teeth.

The earliest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis. Common symptoms include red or otherwise inflamed gums that often bleed easily when brushing and flossing and could also include issues with chronic bad breath.

If it is not resolved in a timely manner, gingivitis can develop into the more dangerous form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis. This deep infection of the gums causes them to slowly pull back from the base of your teeth forming pockets of infection to form near the roots of your teeth. Left unchecked, periodontitis can even result in a loss of bone structure in the part of your jaw that anchors your teeth, and tooth loss.

You should floss your teeth immediately after you are done brushing. The most effective 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. Be sure to also floss behind your last molar.

If you are concerned about gum disease or you would like tips on how to improve your flossing technique, you can call Montgomery County Periodontal Associates at (936) 756-1669 to schedule an appointment.