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Periodontal disease is, unfortunately, more prevalent in the American population than most people are aware of. Research conducted by the American Dental Association found that nearly half of adults over the age of 30 have some form of periodontal disease. It is even more common amongst the elderly population who could also be at increased risk from other medical conditions.
Giving special focus to the flossing technique of your daily oral hygiene regimen is an important element in the prevention of periodontal disease. The most effective flossing technique starts by wrapping excess floss around your middle fingers. Grip the strand firmly between your thumb and index fingers.
Once the strand has been inserted between two teeth, you should work it around your teeth in a “C” shape. Then, you gently clear the space between the teeth by making several small passes along the length of the tooth.
Be sure to also floss thoroughly into the gumline as well as behind each of your last molars. These areas can often be prone to trapping stray food material and plaque.
If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as inflamed gums that bleed easily during brushing and flossing, you may have already become afflicted by the earliest stage of periodontal disease, which is known as gingivitis.
With early detection, it can often be reversed by a thorough dental cleaning and checkup at Island Dental. Then it can be further prevented by making consistent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine. Consistent improvements in your flossing technique will help you remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline to prevent hardened tartar from forming.
If you live in the Gilbert, Arizona, area and you’re concerned that you might have developed gum disease, you should call 480-725-3031 for diagnosis and treatment at Island Dental.