Since almost 50% of the population has gum disease, we are often asked, how do I save my teeth and protect my health from gum infection?

It’s important to remove the sticky bacterial plaque that grows on the teeth at least once daily. These bacteria act like termites to destroy the bone around teeth.

We created the acronym TheFBI to help us remember how best to control these bacteria.

First, scrape the very back of the Tongue with a tongue scraper 10 to 15 times to remove the bacteria from the tongue. Using a toothbrush to clean the tongue is like using a broom to clean a shag rug.

Second, clean between the teeth with Floss or other interproximal cleaners like proxibrushes, Soft-picks or Stimudents. Cleaning between the teeth is the most important step since almost all gum disease occurs between the teeth.

Next Brush the teeth with a baking soda toothpaste focusing on the gum line. An electric brush is helpful.

Finally, Irrigate the pockets with a bacteria killing antiseptic. Controlling oral bacteria is similar to controlling ants, after kicking over an ant hill, it is necessary to put some ant killer on them.

These 4 simple steps will help save you smile and protect your health.

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