Why be concerned about plaque and calculus? They are the leading causes of periodontal disease – a disease that threatens tooth and bone loss, as well as a decline in your overall health. Because one of the most difficult areas from which to remove plaque is in between the teeth, brushing alone is not enough. You must also floss at least once daily as an important part of your homecare routine.

Plaque can harden into calculus quickly, so it is very important implement a regular regimen that includes flossing in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. When flossing, use a gentle sawing motion to work the floss between the teeth. When you reach the gumline, curve the floss against the wall of the tooth and rub up and down to remove the plaque. If you have not been flossing regularly, tenderness and bleeding after flossing the first several times is normal. Warm saltwater rinses will help to relieve this tenderness.

Bleeding and tender gums are an indication of gum disease. If these symptoms persist after one week of daily flossing, be sure to contact your dentist for proper treatment.

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Call today and reserve your appointment with Dr. Mike Hagley, Dr. Spencer Buchert and Dr. Rachel Buchert at our Grand Rapids dental office, we practice comprehensive dentistry for families in the Hibbing, Nashwauk, Deer River, and greater Itasca County areas. We look forward to helping you achieve a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles.