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Remembering to brush your teeth morning and night, while also making the effort to floss between your teeth and along the gumline is very important for removing food and bacterial deposits from your mouth. Maintaining consistent and effective oral hygiene habits can go a long way towards preventing cavities and other oral health problems like gum disease.

When brushing your teeth twice each day, you should focus on cleaning one tooth at a time, by working your soft-bristled toothbrush in a small circular motion. Applying some fluoridated toothpaste to the brush head will make it more efficient at cleaning contours in your tooth enamel, while also helping to maintain strong teeth.

If there’s a specific area that you’re struggling to brush effectively, you might want to try using an interdental brush. It is essentially a miniature toothbrush with an angled and tapered brush head. It can allow you to comfortably clean hard to reach places around the contours of your teeth and gumline.

It can be especially handy if you are struggling to remove food and bacterial deposits from around existing dental work.

If you like, you can follow your brushing and flossing efforts with a vigorous rinse of antiseptic mouthwash. This can help remove loosened material while also killing some lingering oral bacteria.

If you live in the Newbury Park, California, area and you have questions or concerns your oral hygiene you should call 805-499-0471 to schedule a dental checkup with Dr. Glen Fung and the team at Newbury Oaks Dental.