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A consistent oral hygiene regimen is necessary for maintaining healthy teeth and gums throughout your life. It involves brushing your teeth twice each day with a fluoride toothpaste, as well as remembering to thoroughly floss between your teeth and along the gumline at least once a day.

Our dentist notes that you also need to remember to clean the spaces behind each of your rear molars. These areas can easily trap plaque and food particles that promote problems with tooth decay and gum disease.

If you are struggling to clean a specific area, Dr. Todd Eder might suggest using some special oral hygiene tools. You can often find them in the oral hygiene aisle of most large stores.

Small interdental brushes are typically available in small packs. They have tapered and angled brush heads that can help remove food particles from the contours of your teeth. They might also help you clean behind your rear molars as well as hard to reach places around existing dental work.

Individuals with tightly spaced teeth might want to try using a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss. It can help safely insert the strand, while reducing your risk of snapping the dental floss into your gums.

If you live in the Brownsburg, Indiana, area and you have an oral health or hygiene concern, you should call 317-852-4593 to set up an appointment at Brownsburg Family Dental Care.