A consistent daily oral hygiene routine is important for maintaining a healthy mouth. It involves carefully brushing your teeth each morning and evening with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. You also need to make a concentrated effort to floss between each of your teeth and along the gumline at least once per day. Some people find it helpful to floss after you are done eating for the evening, to help clear away bacterial deposits before going to bed. Remember to also floss behind each of your rear molars. Once you are done brushing and flossing a vigorous rinse with antiseptic mouthwash might also help to remove loosened food particles while also reducing the bacterial population in your mouth. It’s also important to note that while antiseptic mouthwash can kill bacteria it cannot match the physical effectiveness of dental floss for removing bacterial deposits. Sometimes a simple interdental brush, floss threader or water flosser device can help clean away food material and bacterial deposits from hard to reach places. These special oral hygiene tools can be very helpful for people with traditional braces. Attending a routine dental checkup twice each year with a dentist is also very important for maintaining good oral health. If you live in the Madison and Pearl, Mississippi, and you have an oral health or hygiene concern, you can always call 601-707-9912 to schedule a dental checkup with one of our dentists, Drs. Collins, Stokes, Murphey, Collins, and Keen, at Key Dental Group.