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Gum disease is the chronic inflammation or infection of gum tissues. Every year this easily preventable condition afflicts the oral health of millions of Americans. In fact, the American Dental Association estimates that nearly half of people age 30 and older have some form of periodontal disease affecting their gum tissues. At the same time, the Centers for Disease Control also report that 64 percent of people 65 and over have been diagnosed with moderate-to-severe periodontal disease.

Early symptoms include red or inflamed gums that tend to bleed easily when brushing and flossing and issues with chronic bad breath. In most cases, gingivitis can often be reversed by a thorough dental cleaning and checkup.

Consistent improvements in your flossing technique will help remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and along the gumline to prevent gingivitis. To this end, the American Dental Association recommends flossing your teeth at least once each day. It is best to do this in the evening after you are done eating for the night.

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. This area is often forgotten about, yet it can harbor a significant amount of plaque and residual food particles.

If you are concerned about gum disease in Woodstock, Georgia, or the effectiveness of your flossing technique, you can always call 770-928-0871 to schedule a checkup with your dentist, Dr. John Freemon.