When you brush your teeth, do you brush your tongue, too? Lots of people don’t think about taking care of their tongue when they brush, and that means they’re not doing everything they can to ensure maximum oral health. There are some good reasons to add brushing your tongue to your daily oral health regimen.
Brush Your Tongue to Remove Bacteria
Your tongue is can be a place in your mouth where lots of bacteria grow. The surface is ideal for building up bacteria with its grooves and dips. Eventually, it builds up and develops a biofilm alive with bacteria. This can lead to chronic bad breath that is embarrassing and very difficult to get rid of. Also, when you don’t brush your tongue, the bacteria buildup can lead to more cavities. The only way to get rid of the biofilm made of bacteria is brushing it. Not even the strongest mouthwashes available can cut through it. Your oral health depends on regular brushing of the tongue. It’s like an added layer of protection.
How to Brush Your Tongue
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice daily. It’s easy to include brushing your tongue at the same time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your tongue side-to-side every time you brush your teeth. Once you’re done, be sure to rinse your mouth with water. There are tongue scrapers that are designed to help clean your tongue. If you decide to use one, be sure to use it gently so you don’t damage your tongue.
Contact Creekside Dental
Schedule your yearly checkup today. Or,f you have any questions about your oral health or brushing your tongue, you can reach out to your Buffalo Grove, IL dental team at Creekside Dental. Dr. Sara Chung, Dr. William McCune, and Dr. John Micaletti are happy to help!