Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease is an infection and inflammation of your gums. Periodontal disease is primarily caused when residual food particles and plaque are not effectively cleaned from your teeth and along the gum line. While brushing your teeth with a soft bristled tooth brush and abrasive toothpaste will help clean the surfaces of teeth. However, you also will need to clean between your teeth and along the gum line by flossing.
The earliest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis. Common symptoms include red or otherwise inflamed gums that often bleed easily when brushing and flossing. Many people gingivitis to also struggle with chronic bad breath.
In time gingivitis will develop into the more dangerous form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis. When this happens the infection deep in the gum tissues, starts to cause your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth. This allows small pockets of infection to form near the roots of your teeth. Left unchecked periodontitis can even result in a loss of bone structure in the part of your jaw that anchors your teeth.
The most 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 clear the space between the teeth and your gum line. Make sure you also floss behind your back teeth.
Your twice-annual dental checkup with Dr. Kerry Olszewski includes a cleaning procedure to help remove hardened tartar before it can become a serious problem.
If you are concerned about gum disease or your flossing technique, please call Dr. Kerry Olszewski at 425-337-5549 to schedule an appointment.