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Do you experience any of the following: Bleeding Gums, Infected Gums, Swollen Gums or Teeth Sensitivity?
All the bacteria in your mouth are anaerobic meaning living without oxygen. When you brush and floss your teeth you bring air into your mouth which contains approx. 22% oxygen. When you brush your teeth you clean the top, front and back of your teeth. When you floss you clean in between your teeth.
It takes bacteria approximately 24 hours to form colonies within your mouth so if you brush and floss twice per day you prevent these colonies from forming. It is especially important to brush and floss before you go to bed and upon awakening since, this is the time the bacteria have the greatest chance of proliferating.
Brushing is for hygiene while Flossing is for health!
In a healthy situation there is a cuff or pocket around each tooth of approximately 3mm. At this level when you floss it is possible to reach the base of the pocket and keep the area clean.
When the pockets get deeper than 4+ to 5mm you acquire the first phase of gum disease called Gingivitis. At this point even if you do floss you will be unable to remove all the accumulation of food within the pocket since the floss would have to cut your gums in trying to reach the base of the pocket. Remaining food continues to break down into acids irritating the gums causing bleeding and malodor.
Left uncheck the pocket continues to increase in depth and at 6+ to 7mm you enter the next phase of gum disease known as Periodontitis. In addition to bleeding gums you now have the beginning of bone loss around your teeth. Unchecked Periodontitis will lead to eventual tooth loss.
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