Gum disease is ultimately a painful, tooth-threatening condition if allowed to progress untreated. Flossing is one way you can prevent gum disease from occurring in the first place. Often accompanied by gum recession, infection of the gums is caused by bacteria harbored in the sticky film known as plaque. Floss daily to remove plaque.

Floss To Remove Harmful Bacteria Between Your Teeth

Plaque is constantly forming on your teeth and gums. This sticky film contains millions of bacteria. While certain types of bacteria in your mouth are beneficial, the bacteria in plaque infect, inflame and irritate your gum tissue. Plaque also causes decay in the tooth enamel. While brushing with your toothbrush prevents cavities, the bristles cannot properly remove the plaque harbored between your teeth.

Woman using dental floss

By flossing once a day, every day, you can significantly neutralize the effect of the bacteria in plaque. When your floss glides in between your teeth, it disrupts the sticky collection of bacteria. You then wash away the debris when you rinse your mouth out after flossing.

To avoid gum disease, floss daily. You can floss before you brush or after you brush, the important thing is to set aside a time to do it every day. Think of it as an essential component in your two-step dental hygiene routine of brushing and flossing. Use a long length of floss so that you have a clean section for each tooth. Gently glide the floss up and down each side of every tooth, making sure to curve the floss around the base of the tooth where it meets the gum line.

How Does Plaque Cause Gum Disease?

Bacteria in plaque attacks your gum tissue. It causes an infection, which will continue to worsen if unstopped and untreated. This infection is known as gum disease, and it can lead to tooth loss in its most advanced forms.

In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis. If you have gingivitis, your gums may bleed easily when you brush. Your gums may also look inflamed and dark red. In this initial stage, you may be able to stop gum disease from worsening simply by improving your at-home dental hygiene routine. The only way to know for sure is to be examined by our dentists.

Without proper flossing, the infection of gum disease will progress. Eventually, pockets may form between your gums and the side of your teeth as the tissue pulls away from the tooth structure. As the bacteria burrows into the pocket, it may begin to destroy deeper layers of the gums and even the bones that support your teeth. Even at these advanced stages, gum rejuvenation techniques can treat the infection and restore your gums.

It’s important to visit our experienced dentists at any point of gum disease. Stopping the infection will allow you to avoid tooth loss. And even in the case of tooth loss, there are options for replacing the missing tooth. It’s never too late to restore complete oral health and proper dental function.

If you believe you are experiencing the symptoms of gum disease, our experienced dental team will help you get your oral health back on track. To schedule an appointment, please call (310) 275-5325 in Beverly Hills, or (949) 551-5902 in Orange County.