Approximately 47% of the adult population in the US has some form of gum disease, says the American Dental Association, a disturbing trend for an easily preventable disease. This is even more concerning when you consider the fact that gum disease is easily prevented. By practicing excellent dental hygiene, such as proper flossing habits, you can significantly decrease your risk of gum disease.
The earliest stage of gum disease is gingivitis, and it is commonly caused by insufficient oral care that results in the accumulation of tartar near the gum line. Tartar buildup is typically the result of ineffective or inconsistent flossing. Daily flossing is vital as it is the only technique to remove plaque and food particles from under the gums or between teeth.
Dr. Ximena Velasquez-Pierce and our team encourage you to floss every day, before or after brushing your teeth. If you are unsure of the proper technique for flossing, use an 18-inch floss string with the excess wrapped around your middle fingers and a few inches gripped between your thumb and index fingers, and slide the section between your hands around each tooth. Curve the floss in a U shape to slide the floss up and down the sides of each tooth and under the gum line. Don’t forget to floss the backs of your teeth!
For more advice on proper flossing habits and to schedule a time to speak with our dentist, contact Velasquez-Pierce Family Dentistry at 941-497-4997 today. We would love to meet with you to devise a custom oral care plan to help you maintain your oral health and stave off gum disease in Venice, Florida.