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Healthier Gums Start With Regular Flossing

  • September 25, 2017

If you fudge the truth about your flossing habits, you’re in good company: More than one in four adults lie to their dentist about it.

Flossing may seem like a tedious chore — No, really. One in 10 Americans said they’d rather do their taxes than floss) — but it’s an important one. There are more than 500 species of bacteria found in plaque, and brushing alone won’t get rid of what’s living beneath your gumline.

The best way to keep your gums in great shape is to floss regularly and partner with an experienced dentist to prevent and address complications. If you’re looking for top-quality care in Plainville, CT, consider Gentle Dental Care for all your comprehensive dentistry needs. Call us today at (860) 479-2397 to schedule an appointment.

Flossing 101

 

If tooth decay is the result of bacteria buildup on your teeth, gum disease is the result of buildup on the tissue surrounding your teeth. And just like tooth decay causes damage to the teeth in the form of cavities, gum disease can wreak havoc in the form of gumline inflammation and recession.

The first line of defense against gum disease starts at home with proper dental hygiene. Here are the five steps the American Dental Association recommends for flawless flossing.

  1. Take about 18 inches of floss and wrap most of it around one middle finger, followed by the middle finger of your opposite hand.
  2. Pull a small portion of the floss taut between your thumbs and forefingers.
  3. Guide the floss gently between your teeth.
  4. When the floss reaches the gumline, move it in a “C” shape against one tooth, sliding it gently between the gum and the tooth.
  5. Holding the floss tightly against the tooth, gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from your gums. Repeat on the rest of your teeth.

Even if you floss everyday, it’s important to visit the dentist twice a year for regular exams and cleanings. Here at Gentle Dental Care, we remove bacterial buildup (plaque and tartar) and check for any problems associated with your gums.

We’ll work with you to prevent problems, but should any arise, we strive to catch and address them early — and we’re able to solve many of them in-house. Call Gentle Dental Care today at (860) 479-2397 to schedule an appointment.

Fighting Gum Disease

 

Some dentists say that even though gum disease can be managed, it can never be fully cured. Fortunately, Gentle Dental Care offers several ways to keep it at bay.

First, some gum disease basics: There are two types of gum disease. The early stages of gum disease, called gingivitis, can result in inflammation and bleeding of the tissue around your teeth. More severe gum disease is called periodontitis.

If you’re experiencing the following symptoms, you may have gum disease.

  • Swelling of the gums
  • Gum redness
  • Bleeding
  • Receding gumline
  • Loose teeth
  • Chronic bad breath
  • Mouth sores

Here at Gentle Dental Care, we offer several minimally invasive procedures aimed at thoroughly cleaning the gumline and eliminating harmful bacteria buildup. Those include:

  • Scaling and root planing, which involves removing plaque and tartar below the gumline and removing rough surfaces on your teeth that can attract bacteria.
  • Antibiotics. We can prescribe antibiotics to fight infection.

If you’re experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, give Gentle Dental Care a call today at (860) 479-2397. We’ll help you get your gum health back on track.

Repairing Gumline Recession

 

More severe cases of gum disease might require a more involved procedure, particularly if gumline recession has occurred. This is when gum tissue surrounding your teeth pulls back, forming “pockets” or gaps between the tooth and the gumline. These spaces are prime real estate for bacteria and are difficult to clean with brushing and flossing.

When bacteria builds up in these pockets, it can damage the roots of teeth — causing real problems for your oral health.

If your gums have receded, the experienced team at Gentle Dental Care can repair the recession so you can return to a healthy smile.

This is traditionally done through a gum grafting procedure, in which we remove a small amount of tissue from another part of your mouth and secure it over your gumline. Applying a graft or protein to the affected area actually encourages bone and tissue regrowth to repair damage caused by recession.

And at Gentle Dental Care, we offer dental sedation to make the procedure pain- and stress-free. Dr. Peltzer is a nationally recognized expert in sedation dentistry and dental anesthesia.

Use our convenient online form to schedule an appointment if you’re ready to restore your smile after gumline recession.

Your Journey To Healthier Gums Starts Today

 

Good health begins with the mouth! Don’t let the affects of infected gums prevent you from experiencing a healthy smile.

Call Gentle Dental Care today at (860) 479-2397 to start your journey to healthier gums.

 

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