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Hardened tartar at the gumline is the leading cause of periodontal disease. The American Dental Association estimates that nearly half of the population over the age of 30 has some form of periodontal disease. The inflammation and eventual infection is more commonly known as gum disease.

The ADA encourages you to brush twice a day and floss once a day as part of a diligent oral hygiene routine. Flossing immediately after brushing is the most effective way to clean between your teeth.

It’s worth noting that an effective flossing technique takes more than just moving the strand back and forth between your teeth.

Flossing should start by wrapping the 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 gumline. Make sure you also floss behind your back teeth.

After you are done brushing and flossing, you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. This will remove any loosened food particles that are lingering in your mouth and it will also kill some of the bacteria. Remember that even the most potent antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace traditional brushing and flossing.

If you are concerned about your flossing technique or if you have questions about gum disease in Hutchinson, KS, you can call Susan Evans DDS at 620-663-5297 to schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Susan Evans.