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Gum disease is an unnecessarily prevalent problem in the American adult population. While certain oral hygiene and medical conditions can contribute to periodontal health problems, gum disease is most often caused by hardened tartar buildup where your teeth meet the gumline.

To help prevent this from occurring, the American Dental Association recommends performing a consistent oral hygiene routine each day. This focuses on brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day.

An effective brushing technique involves working the brush in small circles around the face of each tooth. It generally takes between two to three minutes to fully clean both sets of teeth. When brushing make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste that has earned the ADA’S Seal of Acceptance.

Flossing your teeth at least once each day is equally important for gum disease prevention. After gently inserting the strand of dental floss between two teeth, you should curve it into a C shape. Be sure to clean away plaque and any residual food deposits from the edges of both teeth as well as the gumline. You should also make sure to floss behind each of your back molars.

If you live in the Logan, Utah, area and you have gum health concerns, we invite you to call 435-752-4882 to schedule a dental checkup at Douglas F. Smith, DDS’s clinic.