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Periodontal disease, more commonly known as gum disease, is a serious infection and inflammation of the gum tissues. It usually starts out as gingivitis. Early symptoms include red or 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 your dentist, Dr. Kenneth Lewis.

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 have questions or concerns about your flossing technique in Fayetteville, North Carolina, you can always call Lewis Family Dentistry at (910) 488.0518 to seek professional advice.