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What You Should Know About Brushing Your Tongue

brushing your tongueMany people enjoy taking care of their mouths and there are many ways to do this. Most people already know that you need to brush your teeth to remove plaque and debris. This will help keep your teeth clean and prevent cavities, tooth decay, and in some cases even oral disease. Flossing is also a very important aspect of keeping your mouth clean. But what many people don’t know is that in addition to brushing and flossing, brushing your tongue is just as important!

Why Brushing Your Tongue is Important

  • Brushing your tongue is very important and most people don’t even know it. While your tongue may appear flat to the naked eye it actually has many bumps and ridges. In these microscopic valleys, things like bacteria and debris from food can become stuck or lodged. See the image above for a close-up look at the tongue. By brushing your tongue you can remove these.
  • Removing the bacteria and debris from your tongue not only helps with bad breath, but it helps prevent oral disease and tooth decay the same way brushing your teeth does.
  • A large amount of the bacteria in your mouth doesn’t actually reside on your teeth but on the areas surrounding it like your gums and tongue. By brushing your tongue and flossing you are attacking the highest concentrations of what you are trying to get rid of.

Tongue scrapers are available at most drug stores. Pick one up today and help improve your oral health!

Ronald Wagner

Nevada Dental Board Certified
Invisalign Certified
Zoom Certified

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