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The Truth About Our Gums

One simple act of smiling can save a life. But did you know it can also make you a success? That's according to researchers in 2007, who found that people who use floss, brushing, and teeth whitening were more likely to land better jobs.

Oral hygiene is the most crucial factor that people need to get overall well-being. Your teeth make you feel and look good but more importantly have a deep connection between the rest of the body. They give you the confidence to eat and speak perfectly.

Daily oral hygiene methods keep our teeth and mouth clean and free from debris, plaque, and tartar. These methods can prevent bad breath and infections caused by the formation of bacteria inside the mouth.

But to know how these bacteria affect your daily life, you should know more about plaque and tartar.

Effects of plaque and tartar

Without teeth daily care, the hardening of plaque formed tartar, a yellow or brown mineral located above the gum line of the teeth. Tartar/calculus is one of the leading causes of many oral diseases.

Gingivitis vs. Periodontitis – What is the Difference?

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of inflammation and usually developed to cause periodontitis if not treated as soon as possible.

The main difference between the two kinds of inflammation is that gingivitis is reversible and easily treated. At the same time, periodontitis is irreversible, and it's the primary cause of tooth loss in adults.


Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gingival tissue (aka your gums). Gingivitis is a warning sign from your body that there is something more going on.

There is also no irreversible bone damage during gingivitis. Therefore, this makes it essential for those who suffer from gingivitis to start using our floss, visit the dentist for new routine dental cleaning sessions, remove this plaque and finally restore their oral health.


In the worst cases and if the person isn't proactive about his oral health, periodontitis occurs when gingivitis is left untreated and periodontal disease progresses. This advanced stage of periodontal disease can cause poor tooth alignment and gum recession. The inner layer of the gum and bone pulls away from the teeth, and pockets are created.

Brushing teeth twice a day, cleaning the tongue properly, flossing at least once a day are a few ways that keep our mouth clean and healthy.

What is flossing?

Flossing is the normal process of cleaning between the teeth. We usually use a thin filament called dental floss. Daily use of dental floss helps to prevent the accumulation of plaque, which causes tartar/calculus.

Think of your carpet before and after cleaning. You may not see the dirt, but of course, you can see that your carpet looks brighter. The same concept applies to flossing.

Is brushing enough?

Brushing alone cannot help in totally cleaning your teeth.

The brush can reach only three surfaces out of five surfaces of the tooth. These two surfaces are in close contact with the respective sides of the other tooth, making it easy for food debris to accumulate there. The bacteria present inside the mouth buildup plaque around the teeth, both above and below the gums. If not removed as soon as possible, tartar/calculus occurs.

Iman, RDH

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