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Aug
13

Cleaning Around Hard-to-Reach Areas

Keeping your teeth clean can seem hard enough, but what about those hard-to-reach areas that some of us have? Areas like:

  • Wisdom teeth
  • Dental bridges
  • Fixed retainers
  • Misaligned teeth

In addition to brushing and flossing, some of these areas need a little extra help when it comes to managing your oral hygiene. Brushing over areas or not being able to floss under others will allow bacteria to build-up. Over time this leads to tartar deposits, gum disease, and bad breath. Having the right tools are necessary if you want to truly keep your mouth as clean as possible. The oral care isle at your local supermarket may seem overwhelming, but there are a variety of adjunctive hygiene aids that can improve your effectiveness of daily home care.

Floss threaders are an excellent way to guide floss underneath fixed retainers or bridges. One of the biggest mistakes patients make with their bridges is not cleaning underneath them. This will jeopardize the health of the teeth that support it! Interdental brushes are also useful for some bridges, or in the large spaces between some teeth. These brushes look similar to a small pipe cleaner on the end of a toothbrush handle. Water flossers may be another option – making it easy to clean between teeth as well as within the deep gum pockets throughout the mouth.

Routine dental cleanings with your hygienist can remove any areas of buildup that have accumulated. It’s also a great opportunity to find out how your home care routine is working, and if you need to try something else. Your hygienist can also recommend tools that may work best for your personal dental needs. Always see your hygienist at least every 6 months for a preventive cleaning.

Posted on behalf of Grateful Dental

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