Periodontal disease, more commonly referred to as gum disease is often caused by poor oral hygiene and the formation of hardened tartar at the gum line. Once hardened tartar forms, it can only be effectively removed by the professional tools and technique employed in our Blue Ribbon Dental cleaning.
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.
If it is not resolved in a timely manner, gingivitis can develop into the more dangerous form of periodontal disease known as periodontitis. This level of infection causes your gums to slowly recede from the base of your teeth, causing 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. This can ultimately lead to tooth loss.
Flossing is the most effective method for removing plaque and residual food particles before they can harden into tartar. A truly effective flossing technique starts by wrapping excess floss around your middle fingers and firmly gripping a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Next, work the floss around your teeth in a U shape, and gently clear the space between the teeth and your gum line. Be sure to also floss behind your last molar.
If you have questions about periodontal disease, or you are concerned that your flossing technique is inadequate, we invite you to call us at 301-540-8808 to schedule a consultation. Dr. Robert Levine and our dedicated team in Germantown, Maryland are always here to help you maintain your healthy, confident smile.