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When you go to your six-month dental cleanings, you are having the deep cleaning version of your daily oral hygiene routine. Your dentist (or hygienist) takes time to scrape away any hardened plaque—tartar—which has accumulated around your gums and gum line and teeth. This is vital in keeping your teeth strong and protected by your gums. If you were to skip this tartar removal you could be incurring gum disease which can cause tooth loss.

Gum disease is the inflammation and tenderness that develops if the bacteria in your mouth is left to build up unchecked. Brushing your teeth and gums is the first step in your prevention efforts, but remember that your toothbrush is not designed to reach between your teeth, or between your teeth and gums. And that is where plaque can hide and harden until you have gum problems. Flossing those areas where your toothbrush can’t reach is your key to preventing gum problems.

Flossing has become more convenient over the years because you have more flossing options available to choose from. There are string or ribbon flossers, waxed or unwaxed, scented or unscented. There are rubber-nubbed flossers, wooden plaque removers, and even water flossers. Whichever method you choose, your goal is to find what works best for you so that you will do it daily. The goal is to clean between the teeth and gum lines. Rubbing gently around each tooth and the gum tissue, remove any food particles and the possible bacteria coating the area. Take the time to be thorough and rinse the area well. Using a microbial mouthwash rinse can also help kill bacteria causing plaque and gum disease.

Keeping your mouth healthy is within your daily reach. Taking care of your teeth and gums means they will be there to support you for a long time. If it is time for another deep dental cleaning, we invite you to call our office at (937) 435-0324 and let us help you preserve your beautiful smile!