When your Monument, CO dental team tells you that oral health is important, we mean there’s more to it than just brushing your teeth and flossing regularly. There are many factors contributing to good oral health. One part of oral health that often gets overlooked is your tongue. If you do not brush your tongue as part of your daily oral hygiene regimen, we’ve got a few reasons you might want to start.
Reasons to Brush Your Tongue
Your tongue can be a breeding ground for bacteria. If you don’t take care of it, the bacteria can lead to bad breath and increased cavities in your teeth. Bacteria is not the only cause of bad breath, but it does contribute. When bacteria collect on your tongue, it forms a biofilm that can make it difficult for you to beat bad breath. Live bacteria can also contribute to the development of cavities. To help protect your oral health, you should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. After you have brushed your teeth and tongue, rinse your mouth out with water.
How to Brush the Tongue
Brushing your tongue is very simple and won’t take but a few seconds. Using any soft-bristled toothbrush, brush your tongue’s surface gently. This will remove the bacteria and film that leads to bad breath. You can use a tongue scraper to clean the surface of the tongue. If you use a tongue scraper, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines carefully so you don’t damage your tongue.
Contact Distinctive Dental
Please don’t hesitate to call us with your dental questions about brushing the tongue or any other issue you may be having. We believe prevention is the best treatment so call us today to schedule a routine exam.