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Your periodontal tissues plan an important role in anchoring your teeth in place. If you struggle to maintain a consistent oral hygiene routine it could gradually start to threaten the health of your gums.

Excess plaque and food particles that aren’t removed from your mouth by brushing and flossing can start to harden into tartar. As this starts to happen it can significantly increase your chances of suffering periodontal disease.

Brushing your teeth effectively involves working the brush head in small circles around all the surfaces of your teeth. It should take you around two to three minutes to fully clean both sets of teeth. The American Dental Association also recommends that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste that has been approved by the ADA.

It’s important to floss your teeth at least once each day. This starts by gently insert the strand of dental floss between two teeth. You should then curve it into a C shape. Make sure to remove plaque and any residual food deposits from the edges of both teeth, and behind each of your rear molars. This also includes making sure to work the strand of dental floss into the gumline.

If you live in the McKinney, Texas, area and you gum disease concerns, you should call 972-529-5111 to schedule a dental checkup with a dentist like Dr. H Arthur Nelson and the staff at Nelson and Associates McKinney.