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Why You Should Brush Your Tongue

Are you concerned about bad breath? Then cleaning your tongue might help!

During your regular oral health routine at home, you usually brush your teeth and gums to avoid plaque build-up and cavities. Unless you regularly clean your teeth, bacteria can build up in between and on the surface of your teeth, leading a number of oral health concerns.

In the same way, cleaning your tongue can help you avoid the build-up of certain bacteria and food particles that can cause halitosis or bad breath. Cleaning your tongue takes less than a minute to do and is an easy addition to your oral health routine.

How do I clean my tongue?

You can clean your tongue with a toothbrush, floss, or tongue scrapper. Check out how easy cleaning your tongue can be:

Using a toothbrush—Next time you are brushing your teeth, put a little bit of toothpaste on your toothbrush and brush your tongue in circular motions. Clean as much of the tongue as you can without gagging and rinse your mouth.

Using floss—Take a piece of floss and wrap the ends around each finger. Then gently use the middle to scrap and clean your tongue and rinse your mouth.

Using a tongue scrapper—Tongue scrappers work similar to using floss, except a scrapper comes ready to use. Take both the ends of the scrapper in each hand and use the middle to gently scrap and clean your tongue.  Rinse your mouth as soon as you are done to get rid of all the loosened food debris and bacteria.

If you have any questions about how to clean your tongue, visit a 123Dentist.com location near you today!