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The American Dental Association encourages everyone to floss their teeth twice per day as part of an effective and consistent daily oral hygiene routine. This is absolutely critical for removing plaque and residual food particles before they can harden into tartar. Hardened tartar at the gum line is the leading cause of gum disease, which can pose significant threats to your overall oral health.

Gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease. This often includes symptoms like 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 gum disease known as periodontitis. This deep infections 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.

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. It’s important to also floss behind your last molar. This is an area many people neglect or forget!

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of gum disease, you should not hesitate to call the offices of Lawrence H. Zabner DMD in Toluca Lake, California at 818-766-5246 to explore your treatment options.