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Gum disease is one of the biggest issues facing oral health. This disease can lead to tooth loss and potential throat cancer. Some cases of gum disease even lead to heart disease. While gum disease can be scary, it’s also one of the most easily preventable diseases facing adult Americans.

The best and simplest form of prevention when it comes to gum disease is flossing.

Gum disease starts as gingivitis. A person with gingivitis has noticeably red and inflamed gums that are subject to bleeding while brushing and flossing. Gingivitis also leads to a person having chronic bad breath.

Flossing helps prevent the formation of gingivitis by cleaning out plaque and food particles from between the teeth and the gum line. Plaque and food particles lead to hard tartar, which is what eventually turns into gingivitis.

Flossing is much more than just guiding a string between teeth. When flossing you should tie the string’s ends to both of your middle fingers and grip it with the thumbs and forefingers. This allows you to clean the teeth properly by forming a U shape around them. Gently floss in between the teeth down to the gum line. Remember to floss behind your back teeth.

For more information on gum disease or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert A. McCulla, please call Turlock Dental Care at 209-667-7889 in Turlock, California today.