i learned a little something going to the dentist this week that i wanted to share...
the most bacteria in your mouth is on your tongue.
so start by cleaning your tongue with a tongue cleaner. that gets rid of most of the bacteria that is in your mouth.
do not use your toothbrush to clean your tongue because that will just spread the bacteria from your tongue to your toothbrush to your teeth.
next, floss your teeth. this step can be skipped when you wake up because you would have flossed the night before and haven't yet eaten. but otherwise, flossing is the next step.
i was using a power flosser - it helps you reach the teeth at the back of the mouth. i would just use one attachment for the whole mouth. the dentist scolded me for this - she said you're just spreading the bacteria from one spot to the next unless you're going to use a new little attachment between teach pair of teeth. so regular floss is the way to go.
i was reading about a waterpik - i want to ask my dentist about this, but it sounds like a good next step. basically, it looks like you'd be power washing the space between your teeth and the space between your teeth and your gums.
next, brush your teeth. an electric toothbrush is more effective than a regular toothbrush.
finally, use a mouthwash. the dentist likes listerine and recommends swishing for 30 seconds. i hate it - it stings, and it tastes awful.
the dentist wasn't sold on my preference of natural products like tom's of maine and other options i find at whole foods. but i'd like to look further into this. i really don't like the listerine.
anyhoo, i know this is totally off topic (hence the choice of the "not about bags" forum for this post), but i wanted to share so that all of you may also benefit.
happy dental care!