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One of the more scary issues when it comes to our oral health care is gum disease. Tooth loss and throat cancer are associated gum disease. Even some cases of heart disease are linked to periodontitis. No matter how scary this is, gum disease is one of the most easily preventable diseases adults are currently facing in the United States.

The best way to prevent gum disease is simple: floss your teeth daily.

Flossing frees the teeth and gum lines from plaque and leftover food particles. If the teeth aren’t properly cleaned, the plaque and food particles can develop hard tartar. Gingivitis is caused by hard tartar.

People with gingivitis suffer from bleeding gums while brushing and flossing. Their gums also are red and inflamed. Gingivitis can also cause a person to have chronic bad breath.

Proper flossing involves more than just cleaning between the teeth. You should also be cleaning the sides of the teeth. To do this, tie the strings of the floss around your middle fingers and then grip the floss with your thumb and forefingers. This allows you to form a U shape while flossing. Gently bring the floss down between each tooth, all the way to the gum line. Also, be sure to clean behind your rear teeth.

For information on gum disease prevention, or to set up an appointment with Dr. Ray McKinley & Brittany McKinley-Holloway please call us in Shelby Township, Michigan at 586-685-0880.