Gum disease is one of the biggest threats your smile can face because it has been linked to serious health problems such as total tooth loss, heart disease, and bone cancer. Despite seeming scary and complex, gum disease is the most preventable of all the diseases that adults in America face today.
Beginning as a gum inflammation known as gingivitis, some of the first signs of gum disease are gums that are prone to bleeding when you brush and floss, gums that look red and inflamed, and the development of chronic bad breath.
Of the many treatments available to prevent gum disease from developing or worsening, regular flossing is the simplest and most effective. It removes food particles from the gum line that could form tartar and, eventually, gingivitis. Dr. Robert Page and our team encourage you to floss every day.
If you think of flossing as simply pushing the dental string back and forth between teeth, you are not flossing properly. In order to sufficiently clean your smile, you will need to hold the floss string properly by wrapping the ends around your middle fingers and a short section of the floss with your forefingers and thumb. Then, bend the floss in a U shape and work it around each tooth. Be sure to clean between every tooth, behind the back teeth, and under the gum line.
Our team at Congress Dental Group would be delighted to provide you with more information on proper flossing habits and gum disease prevention. Please feel free to give our office a call at 617-574-8700 if you would like to schedule an appointment with our dentist in Boston, Massachusetts.