When residual food particles and plaque are not thoroughly removed from your teeth they can harden into tartar. When this happens, the constant bacterial presence near the gum line leads directly to the inflammation associated with gum disease.
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush and floss your teeth twice a day as part of a consistent oral hygiene routine. Flossing is the most effective way to clean between teeth and along the gum line. It’s important to keep in mind that an effective flossing technique calls for more than simply moving the strand back and forth between two teeth.
A truly effective flossing technique starts by wrapping 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 clean the space between the teeth and your gum line. Make sure you also floss behind your back teeth.
After you are done brushing and flossing, you can vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. This will help to remove any loosened food particles lingering in your mouth while also killing some bacteria. Remember, even the most potent antiseptic mouthwash cannot replace the ability of floss to clean between the teeth and gum line.
If you are concerned about your flossing technique, you can always call our team in Eugene, Oregon, today at 541.342.1072 to set up a consultation with Dr. Rust. We are always here to help you with your oral care!