Cleaning Your Tongue

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So, your brush twice a day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride. You floss before bed every night and use mouthwash when you are done flossing. But you still have bad breath. You change your diet and your bad breath continues to linger? Have you checked your tongue? You may not notice it, but your tongue is comprised of deep grooves. Because of those grooves and its surface, your tongue is home to millions of bacteria, all of which are working overtime to give you bad breath. The best remedy for that is to clean your tongue when you brush your teeth.

Cleaning your tongue is an easy thing to do. When you clean your tongue, start at the back of your tongue and work your way forward, and don’t forget to clean the sides. You should rinse your mouth thoroughly when you are done.  You can use your toothbrush since it is handy. Place a small amount of toothpaste on your brush and scrub your tongue from back to front. Your toothbrush will do the job, but it is made for the relatively smooth surfaces of your teeth. You may also want to consider the use a tongue scraper. A tongue scraper is made of metal or plastic and is pulled across the surface of your tongue. You can also use a brush specifically designed for cleaning your tongue. Whether you use your toothbrush, a tongue scraper or a tongue brush, you should rinse it off before and after you use it.

If you have questions about your oral hygiene regimen, or if it is just time for regular cleaning or exam, it is a time that you met our dentist, Dr. Leo Eliezer. At Jones Bridge Dental Care in Alpharetta, Georgia, we’ll be happy to answer your questions and help you get the smile you deserve. To schedule an appointment, contact our office at 678-813-1634.