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Brushing Your Tongue Needs to Be Part of Your Brushing Routine

Posted on 5/20/2019 by Michael Bleyzer, DDS
Brushing Your Tongue Needs to Be Part of Your Brushing RoutineSo, you know all about the importance of brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day, right? You floss religiously. You rinse with lovely mouthwash that allows your whole mouth to feel clean and sparkling. But did you know that you also need to brush your tongue as well?

Never heard that before? Brushing your tongue needs to be an important part of your brushing routine. Not sure what we are talking about? We have some information on why tongue brushing is so important.

Your Tongue is a Bacteria Magnet

It sounds gross, we know. But it's true. Even though your tongue can't get cavities, it is still a bacteria magnet, especially between your taste buds and other structures of your tongue. If you think about it, your tongue is kind of like the welcome mat for your mouth, and everything flows over it.

While drinking water is one way to flush some of the bacteria from your mouth, bacteria is not as easily washed away on your tongue as it is in your mouth. That's because while the surfaces of your teeth are slick, the surface of your tongue is porous, and filled with cracks and crevices where bacteria can hide.

In order to combat this plague of bacteria, you can brush your tongue at the same time you brush your teeth. Brush your tongue first gently back and forth, then side to side. Don't push down too hard, you don't want to cut your tongue. Be sure and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water afterwards.

While this doesn't sound like the most ideal hygiene in the world, by ridding your mouth of additional plaque and bacteria, you are improving the overall health of your mouth in general. If you are not sure how to get started with tongue brushing, and you feel that you need more information, why not give us a call? We would love to talk over brushing with you, and we can make sure you are getting your whole mouth as clean as possible.

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