Proper oral hygiene is of the utmost importance, even more so in those with periodontal disease. Effective brushing and flossing are essential to keeping your gums and teeth healthy. You may only get to see your dentist or periodontist a few times a year, but it is the regular cleaning that you do yourself everyday at home that will help keep your gums and teeth healthy for years to come. Brushing and flossing alone may not be enough for some people, particularly if you have periodontal disease, spaces between your teeth, or if you have bridges. Ask your periodontist or dentist what is best for you.
It is important to brush every day, at least twice a day. Make sure you are using a soft tooth brush. Using anything harder, or using too much force can actually damage your teeth and gums. Effective brushing should take only a few minutes and should not be painful.
Flossing is equally as important as brushing. If you brush your teeth and do not floss, you are only cleaning half the surfaces of your teeth. It is like taking a shower and not cleaning under your armpits…you have to clean all sides of all your teeth just like the rest of your body. You should floss at least once a day. If your gums are healthy there should be virtually no bleeding while flossing. If you do have bleeding then it may be a sign that you have gum disease.