How Often Should You Really Be Brushing Your Tongue?
Posted on 10/5/2020 by Office
Many people do not realize that brushing your tongue should be an essential part of your oral hygiene routine. Bacteria can collect on the tongue and cause bad breath. Cleaning your tongue can also prevent tooth decay, by decreasing the number of harmful bacteria in the mouth. But how often should the tongue be cleaned?
When Should You Brush Your Tongue?
The tongue can be cleaned twice daily, although once daily will suffice. This should be enough to remove any bacteria that have collected since your last brushing. It is recommended to clean your tongue in the morning, after brushing your teeth, to ensure fresh breath for the coming day. The tongue can also be brushed, additionally to your once daily, if you notice bad breath, as the tongue could be causing it. However, if you are having problems with bad breath, and cleaning your tongue does not relieve symptoms, contact our office as there could be another oral complication causing the problem.
How to Clean the Tongue
Tongue cleaning is relatively easy and can be done either using a toothbrush or tongue scraper. With your toothbrush, gently brush from the back of the tongue to the front, removing any white debris you can see on your tongue. Similarly, when using a tongue scraper, you want to position it at the back of the tongue and scrape forward. Clean the scraper after every action by dashing it in water. You may find it difficult at first to clean the back of your tongue, due to the gag reflex. However, in time you will be able to clean further and further back. Ensure to rinse and spit at the end of the cleaning to ensure all debris is removed. To find out more about how you can improve your oral hygiene routine, contact our office now.