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It’s estimated by the American Dental Association that nearly half of the American population over the age of 30 has some degree of gum disease. Fortunately, with good oral hygiene habits, gum disease can be prevented.

Your daily oral hygiene routine is your first line of defense for the prevention of gum disease. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at night will remove food particles and plaque from your teeth and along the gumline.

Inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene routine can allow plaque to harden into tartar. One area that many people struggle with is executing a truly effective flossing technique.

You should start by wrapping excess floss around your middle fingers. Next, you should firmly grip a small section of floss between your thumb and index fingers. Work the floss around your teeth in a “C” shape and gently clear the space between the teeth and your gumline.

Be sure to also floss behind your last molar. This area is often forgotten about yet it can harbor a significant amount of plaque and residual food particles.

If you live in the Sterling, Virginia, area and you are concerned about the health of your gums, you should call 703-433-2155 to seek professional diagnosis and treatment at Haeberer Family & Cosmetic Dentistry from Dr. Alfred Haeberer.