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Combatting Periodontal Disease: Expert Tips from Attar Dental

Loose teeth, bad breath, and painful, bloody gums are common signs of periodontal (gum) disease. However, periodontal disease can often develop silently, without any obvious symptoms. If it goes undiagnosed or untreated, it can lead to irreversible damage to your teeth and gums. The good news is that periodontal disease is preventable. One of the most effective preventative measures only requires a minute of your time each day.

Floss to the Rescue

Dental floss is a simple yet powerful tool in preventing periodontal disease. This disease is caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria. Even if you brush thoroughly for two minutes twice a day, incorporating daily flossing into your routine is crucial. Flossing effectively cleans areas where your toothbrush cannot reach, such as the small gaps and tight spaces between teeth that trap food debris, sugars, and acids from drinks. Regular flossing helps to remove these harmful substances and protect your gums.

The Facts Behind Flossing

According to a survey by the American Dental Association, only 40% of Americans floss daily. This same study showed a clear link between regular interdental cleaning and improved oral health. Despite this, many people lie about their flossing habits. A study from the American Academy of Periodontology found that 27% of adults admit to lying to their dentist about how often they floss.

Tips for Flossing Correctly

Flossing correctly can be confusing, but following these steps can help:

  1. Cut about 18 inches of dental floss.
  2. Wrap most of the floss around your middle fingers, leaving a few inches to work with.
  3. Use your thumb and index finger to guide the floss between each pair of teeth.
  4. Carefully slide the floss up and down, curving it around each tooth to clean below the gum line.

For comprehensive dental care and more personalized advice, visit Attar Dental. Dr. Ala Dean Attar and our dedicated team are here to help you maintain optimal oral health. By incorporating proper flossing techniques into your daily routine, you can significantly reduce your risk of periodontal disease and keep your smile healthy and bright.

Schedule your next appointment with Attar Dental today and take the first step towards better gum health.

Attar Dental
Phone: 847-573-1904
712 Florsheim Drive, Suite 12
Libertyville, IL 60048