According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 47% of adults ages 30 years or older suffer from some level of gum disease. This is even more concerning when you consider the fact that gum disease is easily prevented. You can significantly reduce your risk of gum disease with proper dental habits, such as flossing.
Gingivitis, the earliest phase of gum disease, often develops as a result of insufficient oral hygiene habits that allow tartar to accumulate near the gum line. This is largely due to inconsistent flossing or an ineffective flossing technique, as flossing is the only dental habit that can remove plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line.
The ADA recommends that you floss at least once each day as well as brush your teeth twice daily to remove any plaque buildup. Effective flossing includes using a string of floss about 18 inches long, which you wrap around your middle fingers so that you can grip a small section between your index fingers and thumb. Slide the dental floss between two teeth and create a U shape so that you can gently slide the floss up and down the space between the teeth and under the gum line. Be sure to floss every angle of your teeth, including the back.
Following brushing and flossing, it’s good to rinse your mouth vigorously with antiseptic mouthwash to remove previously lingering food particles and kill bacteria. This also helps to freshen your breath.
If you are wondering how you can improve your dental habits to reduce your risk of gum disease, contact A. Agustin Vega in Olympia, Washington, and schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. A. Agustin Vega by calling 360-943-5551.