Most people learn from a young age that it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once daily. This is necessary to take good care of your mouth. But did you know that if you don’t take care of your tongue, you’re not doing everything you should for your oral health?
Why Brushing Your Tongue is Important
Your tongue is prime for lots of bacteria to grow in your mouth. If you don’t do anything, the bacteria will continue to grow and cause problems beyond bad breath. In fact, if you don’t brush your tongue, you could get more cavities, even if you’re brushing your teeth and flossing regularly. Brushing your tongue is especially important if you have dry mouth, have tooth decay or periodontal disease, or have certain health problems like diabetes or kidney disease. Those things can also contribute to bad breath, so it’s important to do what you can to counteract it.
How do you brush your tongue?
The best way to brush your tongue is to include it every time you brush your teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush your tongue in side-to-side motions all along the surface. Then, rinse well with water. Be careful not to brush too hard so you don’t damage the surface of your tongue. If you use a tongue scraper, make sure you follow the instructions carefully so you don’t damage the skin on your tongue. If you have questions about brushing your tongue, you should reach out to Dr. Shau and the team at your Saginaw, MI dentist office.
If you’re battling bad breath even with proper oral health care at home, call your Saginaw, MI dental team to make an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Shau. We would be happy to help you improve your oral health!