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Gum disease is an infection and inflammation of your gum tissues. It is primarily caused when residual food particles and plaque are not effectively cleaned from between your teeth and along the gum line.

The earliest form of periodontal disease is gingivitis. Common symptoms include red or otherwise inflamed gums that often bleed easily when brushing and flossing and could also include issues with chronic bad breath.

Left unchecked gingivitis can develop into the more dangerous form of gum disease known as periodontitis. This infection deep in the gum tissues, causes your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth forming 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.

If you are concerned about gum disease or your flossing technique, please call us at 508-645-4338 to schedule an appointment.