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Gum disease is the serious inflammation and infection of the gum tissues that plagues millions of Americans each year. It is primarily caused by the formation of hardened tartar at the gumline. This is more likely to occur if your daily oral hygiene routine is inconsistent or ineffective for removing residual food particles and plaque.

While brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush helps clean the faces and contours of teeth, flossing remains the most effective way to clean between teeth and along the gumline.

The American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth once each day. This is best done in the evening after you have eaten your last meal or snack. To thoroughly clean between teeth and along the gumline, it requires special focus and technique. Once you have inserted the floss, you should curve it into a semi-circle. Then, you should work the strand up and down, making sure to also work the floss into the gumline.

You should then advance the floss a fraction of an inch and repeat the same motion for the other tooth. As you clean the space between each tooth, you should also make sure to floss behind each of your rear molars.

Attending your regular dental checkup at San Tomas Signature Smiles is also critical for the prevention of gum disease. The cleaning treatment at the start of the checkup will remove all traces of tartar from your mouth. Then, your dentist, Dr. Ramin Moradi, will examine your mouth for any signs of tooth decay or gum disease.

If you have concerns about gum disease in Campbell, California, you can always call us at 408-378-2890 to seek professional advice and treatment.