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The presence of hardened tartar on your teeth near the gumline is generally considered to be the leading cause of gum disease in the American population. This is often linked to inconsistencies in your daily oral hygiene practices.

It’s very important to brush your teeth each morning and night, as well as make a conscious effort to floss at least once per day. This basic oral hygiene routine is designed to clear away bacterial deposits and sugar residue before they can mineralize into bacterial tartar.  

It’s important to keep in mind that there are some minor variations in dental floss. Finding the one that you prefer will help keep you encouraged to floss every day.

Micro-braided nylon and extruded monofilament are the two most common types of dental floss. Some oral care manufacturers also include an added flavor and offer dental floss with a wax coating. None of these differences make one type of dental floss more effective than the other. Finding the one that you prefer will help keep you encouraged to floss each day.

When you floss it’s important to clean between each of your teeth along the gumline as well as behind each of your rear molars. These areas are sometimes ignored, yet they can trap a significant amount of bacterial matter.  

If you live in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area and you have oral hygiene questions you can call 215-463-6677 to speak to Dr. Ali M Arastu or a staff member at Periodontal Consultants.