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Periodontal disease is initially starts out as the gum inflammation of gingivitis. This is often the result of poor oral hygiene habits that contribute to hardened tartar building up on your teeth at the gumline.

To help prevent this from happening the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice each day as well as flossing at least once. This is designed to remove lingering food particles, sugar residue, and plaque from your teeth to prevent tartar formation.

A focused effort on an effective flossing technique is especially important for ensuring that all the surfaces of your teeth have been cleaned. This starts by wrapping a modest length of dental floss around your middle fingers before gripping a small section between your thumb and index fingers.

You should then work the dental floss between two teeth and curve it to maximize contact with the surfaces of the tooth. Then you can and gently clear the space between the teeth while also working the dental floss into your gumline. You also need to remember to floss behind your rear molars.

Once you’re done brushing and flossing you could also vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. This can help remove previously loosened food particles and kill bacteria, while also freshening your breath.

If you live in the Boerne, Texas, area and you are concerned about the health of your gums, you should call 830-443-4352 for diagnosis and treatment at Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc.