Good oral hygiene is important for the health of your teeth, mouth, and gums. Aside from brushing and flossing your teeth, brushing the tongue is another important habit for good dental care. Have you ever heard of brushing your tongue? Here is what Drs. Edwin Kim and Jacqueline Lee want you to know about brushing the tongue and its connection to good oral hygiene.
Why is brushing your tongue important?
When your tongue isn’t brushed or clean regularly, bacteria can start to build up on the surface. San Pablo dentists agree that a build-up of harmful bacteria on the tongue’s surface can result in a wide range of dental issues. Removing these living microorganisms through regular brushing reduces the number of bacteria in the mouth, resulting in fresher breath as well as a lower risk of developing cavities.
Brushing the tongue improves bad breath
An accumulation of bacteria can result in bad breath. Since brushing helps to remove bacteria, it effectively improves bad breath. However, this is not the only cause of bad breath. If you brush your tongue regularly but still experienced bad breath, you may have another underlying condition causing it. Experts at San Pablo Dental Care can help you determine the cause of the problem and offer treatment.
How to clean your tongue
The San Pablo dental team recommends brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Scrub your tongue gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush and then rinse your mouth with water. Brush gently to avoid accidental injuries to the surface of the tongue. Using tongue scrapers can also help get rid of bad breath. However, it is more likely to damage the tongue if it is not used properly and carefully.
If you have questions about bad breath, brushing your tongue, or any other dental issue, please contact us with your concerns. You can also schedule your regular visit for a checkup.