13 Apr 2012 --- Hygienist demonstrating flossing technique. --- Image by © Hero Images/Corbis

Why Flossing Matters 

Brushing alone cannot remove plaque that is located in places that a toothbrush cannot reach, particularly in between teeth.

Dentist with Patient --- Image by © Lucidio Studio, Inc./Corbis

What Is Periodontitis? 

Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? With periodontitis, bacteria that accumulate on your gums can cause inflammation and bleeding and ultimately damage your teeth.


Is Gum Disease Hereditary? 

Is gum disease hereditary? Research indicates that periodontal disease can indeed run in families, and doctors can now identify your genetic markers for it.