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Poor oral hygiene habits can leave sugar residue and bacterial deposits in your mouth. In time they can harden into calculus on your teeth near the gumline. If it persists this constant bacterial presence can lead to the periodontal inflammation of gingivitis.

This might also be accompanied by gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing as well as chronic problems with bad breath. If you are concerned about the health of your gums, the wisest course of action is to schedule a dental checkup at E. John Moreno, DMD’s clinic.

Once the severity of your gum disease has been determined, Dr. John Moreno and his staff will help you develop an effective treatment plan. Most moderate cases of gingivitis can be remediated with a thorough dental cleaning or a dental root planing treatment.

Increased focused on an effective flossing technique is especially important for ensuring that all the surfaces of your teeth have been cleaned. This starts by wrapping a modest length of dental floss around your middle fingers before gripping a small section between your thumb and index fingers.

Then you should insert the dental floss between two teeth and curve it to maximize contact with the surfaces of the tooth. Then you can and gently clear the space between the teeth while also working the dental floss into your gumline. It’s also important to floss behind your rear molars.

If you live in the Aliso Viejo, California, area and you are worried about the health of your gums, you should call 949-487-9220 for diagnosis and treatment at E. John Moreno, DMD.