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Lingering food particles, plaque buildup and other bacterial deposits that are not cleaned away by your daily oral hygiene practices can lead to several oral health problems. Over time it can lead to increased plaque acids that promote cavities as well as hardened tartar which increases your risk of suffering from gum disease.

Hardened tartar that accumulates near the gumline can lead to the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis. Initial symptoms of this often includes inflamed gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing as well as issues with chronic bad breath.

In many of these cases inconsistent or infrequent flossing may be a contributing factor. Even if you are remembering to floss once each day, your technique might be a factor. Quickly inserting the strand of dental floss between two teeth may not adequately remove bacterial deposits.

Ideally, you should start flossing by gently inserting the strand of dental floss, making sure not to force or snap the floss into the gumline. You should then gently curve it to maximize surface contact with the tooth. The large teeth in the back of your mouth might require multiple passes to thoroughly clean. Be sure to also clean along the gumline and behind each of your rear molars.

If you have tightly spaced teeth, you might want to try using waxed dental floss. The special coating can help slip the strand between teeth without having to apply excess force.

If you live in the Walterboro, South Carolina, area and you have gum disease or oral hygiene concerns, you should call 843-549-5913 to schedule an appointment at Shannon M. Pye, DMD. Your dental health is Dr. Shannon Pye‘s number one concern.