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An effective daily oral hygiene routine is founded on brushing your teeth each morning and night as well as thoroughly flossing between your teeth and along the gumline at least once per day. When brushing your teeth, the American Dental Association recommends that you use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste.

If you’re struggling to effectively clean food particles and plaque from a specific area, you might want to try including an interdental brush in your daily oral hygiene routine. 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.

If you have braces an interdental brush can be especially helpful for cleaning around orthodontic hardware as well as removing food particles from spacers and bands.

They are typically sold in small packs in the oral hygiene aisle of most stores, near the toothbrushes and dental floss.

After you have sufficiently cleaned your teeth, you might also want to vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. This can help remove loosened material while also reducing the overall population of bacteria in your mouth.

If you live in the Lafayette, Louisiana, area and you have questions or concerns about your daily oral hygiene practices, you should call (337) 443-4912 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Brock Barras and the staff specialists at Barras Family Dentistry.