Many advancements have been made in the world of dentistry in the last few decades, but brushing and flossing have remained the most effective methods to stay in top oral health.
Plaque is responsible for both tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease. Gingivitis is a mild and reversible form of gum disease. Untreated, however, gingivitis may lead to a more serious, destructive form of periodontal disease. This is called periodontitis, which is the inflammation of tissue supporting the teeth.
Though some look to mouth rinses as a replacement for flossing, their effectiveness in preventing tooth decay, gingivitis and periodontal disease is limited. There’s no substitution for a proper dental health regime.
Last updated November 12, 2021
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