The Importance of Flossing to Help Prevent Gum Disease

Periodontal diseases are infections of the gums, which gradually destroy the support of your natural teeth. There are numerous disease entities requiring different treatment approaches. Dental plaque is the primary cause of gum disease in genetically susceptible individuals. Daily brushing and flossing will prevent most periodontal conditions.

Do More Than Brush
Brushing your teeth regularly is a good way to prevent cavities and help fight gum disease, but brushing alone is just not enough. Even if you brush thoroughly and multiple times a day, the bristles of your toothbrush will not necessarily be able to reach the spaces between your teeth or the nooks behind your molars. The only way to clean these parts of your smile is to floss.

The Correct Way To Floss
You might be surprised to learn that many people do not floss properly. Sometimes people are too aggressive with their floss. If you snap the floss down between your teeth and saw the floss back and forth, this can lead to damage of the gum tissue, contributing to bleeding gum and gum recession.

There is, of course, a right way to floss your teeth. Be sure to be gentle but thorough with your floss, moving the floss back and forth while bracing around the edges of the teeth on either.

Floss Daily 
To help prevent tooth decay and gum disease, it is a good idea to floss once a day. To really make sure your teeth are as healthy as possible, be sure to floss after every meal. This will prevent food particles from sticking around and contributing to gum disease.

Preventative Care 
Ultimately, preventative dentistry is the best approach to consider when it comes to having a smile that is healthy and beautiful. Be sure to brush and floss regularly. By practicing good oral hygiene, you can have a smile free from problems for the years and years ahead.

Learn More About Improving Your Dental Health
For more information about having a healthy and beautiful smile, contact us today. Call 203-433-0384 for Branford Office or 203-285-8163 for Milford Office.

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