Your Edmond, OK dental team is here to help make sure that you know everything you need to about taking care of your oral health. From what toothbrush you use to the proper flossing technique, we want to make it easier for you. That’s why we want to make sure you know how important brushing your tongue is.
What’s growing on your tongue?
The top of your tongue has small grooves and dips that make it easy for bacteria to build up. The environment is just the right environment for it to thrive. When it builds up, the bacteria on your tongue can lead to bad breath that is very difficult to get rid of. That’s not all. It can also contribute to developing cavities on your teeth. Brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth will help remove the bacteria and help improve your overall oral health.
Technique for Brushing Your Tongue
Brushing your tongue is easy. After you brush your teeth, simply brush the surface of your tongue back and forth across the whole surface using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Always rinse your mouth out with water or mouthwash after you’re done. Another alternative is to clean your tongue with a tongue scraper. This method is effective too, but you must be careful or you can damage the skin on the top of the tongue.
How often should I brush my tongue?
The best practice is to brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth. Part of your daily oral hygiene regimen should include brushing your teeth at least twice. The best practice to defeat bad breath and reduce bacteria in the mouth is to brush your tongue at the same time.
Do you have questions about brushing your tongue? We can answer these and more! Please call us with your questions. Call your Edmond, OK dentist and make an appointment with Dr. Tim Brooks today.