The primary cause of gum disease is plaque, so gum disease prevention requires good daily care at home. Your toothbrush is a good place to start, but it is designed to clean the surfaces of your teeth, not between the teeth or below the gumline. Gum disease starts where plaque builds up, especially in hard-to-reach areas that your toothbrush misses.
Plaque can also collect due to how you brush. Most of us develop brushing patterns that cause us to miss the same areas of the mouth. In fact, studies show that a single brushing removes only an average of 43% of plaque, leaving most of the plaque behind.
This plaque build-up can cause receding gums and bleeding gums, which are signs of a mild form of gum disease called gingivitis. Left untreated, a more severe form of gum disease called periodontitis can cause infection, bone loss and even tooth loss.
How to Really Remove Plaque
Your oral hygiene routine should include removing plaque daily to prevent gum disease, and we know brushing alone is not enough. So what else can you do to ensure an effective clean?
Flossing is the best way to remove plaque from between the teeth and areas you miss with your toothbrush. However, string floss is hard to use and so most people don’t use it. Plus, without the correct technique performed everyday, it is not that effective.
An easy and more effective solution is to Water Floss your teeth. A Water Flosser takes the place of string floss and it is much faster and easier to use.
Get Healthy Gums
The Waterpik® Water Flosser is clinically proven to be easier and more effective than traditional string flossing for improving gum health. It not only cleans between your teeth and below the gumline, but unlike string floss and interdental brushes, it can also clean the tooth surfaces you miss when brushing.
Why not improve your oral hygiene routine? It's easy when you use a Water Flosser or the Complete Care combination Water Flosser and Sonic Toothbrush unit daily. You'll be excited to show your dentist how healthy your teeth and gums look at your next dental check-up!
To learn more about what your toothbrush leaves behind and what a Water Flosser can do, watch this video: