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When food material, sugar residue, and plaque buildup aren’t removed by your daily oral hygiene routine, they can start to harden into tartar. As it accumulates on the base of your teeth near the gumline your chances of developing gingivitis and other forms of gum disease can gradually start to increase.

To help prevent this from happening the American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice and floss at least once each day. This basic daily oral hygiene routine will help reduce the bacterial deposits in your mouth to reduce your chances of developing hardened tartar.

Your flossing technique is also very important. Casually passing the strand of dental floss between two teeth might not be sufficient for physically removing all bacterial deposits.

This calls for gently inserting the strand between two teeth. You should then grasp the floss firmly and curve it into a C-shape. You might need to make multiple to thoroughly clean the tooth enamel. You can then work the strand carefully into the gumline to remove any stray bacterial matter in that area.

Make sure that you also remember to floss behind each of your rear molars. These often forgotten areas can easily trap significant bacterial deposits.

If you live in the Simi Valley, California, area and you have an oral hygiene question, you can always call 805-422-3116 to speak to Dr. Konstantinos Proussaefs or a member of the staff at Konstantinos Proussaefs DDS Inc.