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Gum disease often starts out as periodontal inflammation, which is called gingivitis. This can cause your gums to appear red and bleed easily when brushing and flossing. It could also contribute to chronic bad breath. If it’s not treated by our dentist, Dr. Roderick Spencer gingivitis can develop into a much more serious periodontal infection.

Brushing your teeth twice each day and making sure to floss at least once a day is essential to keeping your teeth healthy, especially cleaning between your teeth and along your gum line. If these areas are not effectively and consistently cleaned, hardened tartar can form on your teeth near the gumline and promote the development of gum disease.

Many people floss just before going to bed. Finding the right type of floss that meets your personal preference will help you to effectively each day. Unwaxed dental floss is essentially a plain strand of monofilament or micro-braided nylon that has not been treated with a waxy coating. Some varieties may be flavored. Waxed dental floss can help you floss the tight places between your teeth and dental work. It can be especially helpful if your teeth are close together, or you are struggling to floss around braces.  Technically, there is no difference in clinical effectiveness between waxed, unwaxed, flavored, or unflavored dental floss.

If you live in the Bozeman, Montana area and you are concerned about the health of your teeth and gums, please call 406-602-4100 to schedule a dental checkup at Suite Dental.