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Good oral health starts by brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing once each evening. The goal is to effectively remove plaque and residual food particles from all surfaces of your teeth before they can harden into tartar. Should this happen, the bacteria could invite tooth decay and gum disease.

If you have areas of your mouth that are hard to clean due to overcrowding issues, tightly spaced teeth, dental work or braces, you might want to try using some special oral hygiene tools.

If you’re struggling to floss a specific area, you might want to try using a floss threader. This is a simple, loop-shaped tool that can insert the strand around dental work or braces. Using waxed dental floss makes it easier to slide the strand into place without the risk of snapping it or injuring your gums.

An interdental brush has a small-angled brush head that can help brush small areas around crowded teeth or braces.

A dental water jet like Waterpik creates a concentrated stream of water that can help loosen and wash away food particles. This can be a helpful way to clean hard-to-reach places and along the gumline. Just keep in mind that it cannot replace flossing for effectively cleaning between teeth and in the gumline.

If you’re struggling to clean hard-to-reach places in your smile, you can always call 817-571-1667 to speak to one of the dental specialists at Gemma Tanglao Dalton, DDS. Your dentist in Bedford, Texas, is happy to help you!