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The American Dental Association estimates that approximately 47% of the population over the age of 30 years of age has some form of gum disease. This is especially disturbing when you consider that it is an easily preventable condition.

The earliest phase of gum disease, which is known as gingivitis, is often the result of poor oral hygiene habits that allow hardened tartar to develop on your teeth near the gumline. This is often related to inconsistent flossing, or an ineffective flossing technique.

This is part of the reasons why the ADA recommends that you brush your teeth twice and floss at least once each day.

An effective flossing technique starts by using an 18-inch strand of floss. You can wrap excess floss around your middle fingers before gripping a small section between your thumb and index fingers.

You should then work the dental floss between two teeth and curve it into a U shape. Then you can and gently clear the space between the teeth while also working the dental floss into your gumline. Make sure you also floss behind your back teeth.

Once you’re done brushing and flossing you might want to also give your mouth a vigorous rinse with antiseptic mouthwash. This can help remove previously loosened food particles and kill bacteria, while also freshening your breath.

If you live in the Bellaire, Texas, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call (713) 667-8080 for diagnosis and treatment at Madden Dental.