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Gum disease is the infection and inflammation of gum tissues that plagues millions of Americans each year. It is primarily the result of an ineffective or inconsistent daily oral hygiene routine. This allows bacterial plaque and residual food particles to harden into tartar at the gumline. The constant bacterial presence near gum tissues can then quickly develop into a serious problem for sensitive gum tissues.

Gum disease typically starts out as gingivitis. Early symptoms include red or otherwise inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily when brushing and flossing. They could also include issues with chronic bad breath. In most cases, gingivitis can often be reversed by a thorough dental cleaning and checkup with your dentist, Dr. Ghina Morad. It can then be prevented by consistent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine.

Consistent improvements in your flossing technique will help remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline to prevent gingivitis.

An 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 gumline. Make sure you also floss behind your back teeth.

If you are concerned about gum disease in San Carlos, California, or you suspect your flossing technique is inadequate, you should call (650)592-6396 to schedule an appointment at our office.