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How Flossing Helps with Gum Disease

Posted on 1/25/2017 by Dr. David Mugford
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How many times have you heard it? In order to prevent gum disease, you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day. But brushing is only part of the equation. In order to really help in the fight against gum disease, you need to include flossing as a part of your daily oral hygiene routine.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an infection of the gums. It starts out as inflammation of the gum tissue, but as it progresses, bacteria and infection travel under the gums and into the teeth and bone. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to receding gums, decay and tooth loss.

Types of Floss

There is a multitude of different types of floss out there. Multifilament floss is made up of several strands, and is available in waxed and unwaxed. Wax allows the floss to easily slide between teeth. Single strand floss is exactly what it says, one strand.

It tends to be less likely to fray and break than multifilament floss. Dental tape is a wider floss; meant for dental work such as braces or bridges as well as those with wider spaces between their teeth. And for convenience, there are also dental picks.

Gets Between Teeth

No matter how well you brush, there are still those spaces between your teeth that brushing just can't reach. The bristles on your toothbrush just aren't long enough. But just because your toothbrush can't reach there, that doesn't mean other things can't.

In fact, because these spaces are unreachable by brushing, these spaces are perfect for bacterial growth. Flossing allows you to reach those hidden crevices, getting out even the most stubborn food, plaque and bacteria.

Under the Gum Line

The other place your toothbrush has trouble reaching is below your gums, and this therefore becomes another good hiding place for plaque and bacteria. Proper flossing allows you to reach deeper below the gums, helping you to thoroughly remove the most amount of gum and tooth destroying bacteria.

In order to best prevent gum disease, don't just brush. Make sure to add flossing at least once a day to your oral hygiene routine and you are sure to keep your smile at its healthiest.

Please contact our office if you he any questions about gum disease.
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