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Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissue that leads to inflammation. Tartar at the gum line is one of the most common causes of gum disease. The earliest stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis. If gingivitis is left unresolved, it can advance into periodontitis. This stage of gum disease can have a serious negative impact on the health of your gums and even compromise roots of your teeth.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste is just the first step in removing food particles and plaque. The reality is there are places in your mouth that your toothbrush simply cannot clean. Even the best toothbrush cannot reach all of the spaces between teeth and along the gum line.

Flossing is the most effective way to remove food particles from the gum line. If you have a hard time working the floss between their teeth often prefer waxed dental floss as it slides in easier.

The ideal flossing technique starts by wrapping excess floss around your middle fingers. Use a firm grip to hold a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Work the floss around your teeth in a U shape and gently work it into the space between your gum line and the tooth.

Tartar at the gum line it can be very hard for you to remove by yourself, at home. Only the tools and techniques employed by your dentist can effectively remove all the tartar from your teeth. So be sure to keep your twice a year dental checkup.

If you are concerned about gum disease or your flossing technique, please call us at 805-483-9567 to schedule an appointment.