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Dental floss and proper flossing techniques go a long way when it comes to fighting periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. One of the biggest causes of gum disease comes from plaque and tarter buildup near the gum line. That is why flossing is essential to fighting gum disease.

Brushing your teeth will not be enough when it comes to keeping up with your oral care. While brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste will help lower plaque and bacteria in your mouth, flossing is the only effective way to remove plaque and bacteria between your teeth and along the bottom of your teeth below the gumline, where your toothbrush simply can’t reach.

When it comes to flossing, it’s best to try not to force the floss between your teeth so you do not harm the gums. Instead, work the floss around your teeth in a “U”-like shape and gently work it into the space between your gumline and teeth. The floss will remove any particles and plaque in these areas, which will greatly reduce bacteria and gum disease.

If you have questions pertaining to your oral care, talk to your dentist. Your dentist can answer any questions pertaining to your oral care. So, call us today at 727-785-7202 and schedule an appointment. Let us help your smile stay healthy and bright this beautiful, festive season.