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Gum disease is the infection and inflammation of your gum tissues that often results when an inconsistent oral hygiene routine allows hardened tartar to form at the base of teeth and along the gumline.

Gum disease typically starts out as gingivitis. Early symptoms include red or otherwise inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily when brushing and flossing. It could also include issues with chronic bad breath. In most cases, gingivitis can often be reversed by a thorough dental cleaning and checkup with Dr. Paul Roe. It can then be prevented by consistent improvements in your daily oral hygiene routine.

Consistent improvements in your flossing technique will help remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline to prevent gingivitis.

An 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 gumline. Make sure you also floss behind your back teeth.

If you are concerned about the effectiveness of your flossing technique, or if you are concerned that you might be developing gum disease in Puyallup, Washington, you should call PR Cosmetic and General Dentistry at 253-435-0333 to schedule a checkup.