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The American Dental Association recommends that you floss your teeth once each day and brush twice with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste. This will help scour away food material and bacterial deposits before they can promote problems with tooth decay or periodontal disease.

Should you find that there is an area of your mouth that is hard to brush clean, you might want to try using an interdental brush. This is a miniature toothbrush with an angled and tapered brush head designed to help you clean hard to reach places around the contours of your teeth and gumline. It can be especially helpful for cleaning around orthodontic braces or minute contours of a dental bridge.

You might want to also try working the interdental brush behind your rear molars. These areas can sometimes be hard to clean, yet they tend to collect significant bacterial deposits. After you are done brushing and flossing you can also vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. This can help remove loosened material while also killing bacteria.

If you live in the Owasso, Oklahoma, area and you have questions or concerns about your daily oral hygiene practices, please call 918-272-0707 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Michael Sanchez, DDS and the staff at Renaissance Dental.