Hardened tartar at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease. The constant exposure to bacteria leads to the inflammation of the earliest stage of gum disease known as gingivitis. Symptoms of gingivitis include: red and inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily during brushing and flossing. It’s not uncommon for someone with gingivitis to also struggle with chronic bad breath.
If gingivitis is left unchecked, it will develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This results in an infection deep in the gum tissues, which can cause your gums to slowly receded from the base of your teeth. Eventually pockets of infection form near the roots of your teeth. It can even cause a loss of bone structure in the part of your jaw that anchors your teeth.
Flossing your teeth after brushing, is the most effective way to clean the spaces between teeth. To thoroughly floss your teeth, you should start by wrapping excess floss around your middle fingers. You can 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.
Your regular dental check up involves a cleaning procedure to help remove tartar buildup before it can become a serious problem.
If you are concerned about gum disease or your flossing technique, please call us at 305-293-1660 to schedule an appointment.