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The periodontal inflammation of gingivitis often causes gums to bleed easily, look inflamed and can contribute to chronic bad breath. Fortunately, this early stage of gum disease can often be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene habits on a consistent basis.

Brushing your teeth twice each day and making sure to floss at least once is essential for cleaning away bacterial deposits from your teeth and gumline. If these areas are not effectively cleaned hardened tartar can form on your teeth near the gumline, promoting gingivitis.

Finding a type of dental floss that you like best will help keep encouraged to always floss each day. Many people prefer to do this in the evening after they are done eating for the day.

Unwaxed dental floss consists of a plain strand of monofilament or micro-braided nylon that has lacks a waxy coating. While some manufacturers will apply flavor additive many choose to sell it unflavored.

Waxed dental floss has a special waxy coating applied to the strand. This can help insert it into tight places between teeth and dental work. Waxed dental floss can be especially helpful if you have tightly spaced teeth or you are struggling to floss around braces hardware. Many varieties of waxed dental floss come with flavor additives like mint or cinnamon.

If you live in the Littleton, Colorado area and you are concerned about the health of your gums, you can always call 303.933.2420 to schedule an appointment with a dentist like Dr. Stephanie S. Karlin and Justin S. Petracek at Dakota Ridge Dental.