It may not get as much attention as brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, but brushing your tongue is an important part of your dental hygiene. Your tongue is an ideal breeding ground for the kind of bacteria that causes bad breath, periodontal disease, and even cavities. Taking just a few seconds for brushing your tongue can clean your mouth and freshen your breath. It is a necessary, but often forgotten part of your dental care routine.
Why Brushing Your Tongue is Necessary
When you do not remove the odor-causing bacteria on your tongue, it just sits there and grows. It’s the perfect environment for it. Eventually, it develops into a living coating or film over the surface of the tongue. This film is too strong to be removed by just rinsing your mouth out with water or mouthwash. It needs to be removed using a toothbrush.
When and How to Brush Your Tongue
You should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. All you need to do is to gently scrub your tongue using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Then just rinse your mouth out with water. A tongue scraper can also be useful, although a toothbrush is usually enough to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth. The soft bristles are also less likely to cause damage to the surface of your tongue.
Still Have Questions?
Are you brushing your tongue but still dealing with frequent bad breath? You may need to be examined by a dental professional to determine if there are any other underlying conditions to be addressed. If you have any questions about how to brush your teeth and your tongue safely and properly, contact Dr. Dustin Lee at Simply Dentistry. Dr. Lee and his San Bruno dental team will be happy to address any questions or concerns you might have about your teeth.