Brush your tongue
Most people are good about brushing their teeth at least once a day. Some people are good about brushing their teeth twice a day and they might get a good flossing in every now and then. I wonder how many people are equally good about brushing their tongue!
Brushing a tongue? Yes, you heard be right, brushing a tongue. Did you know that bacteria and debris build up in every pace in our mouth including on our tongue. Our tongue has about 10,000 taste buds on it and without those taste buds properly functioning; food would be no fun to eat! Each one of those buds has a unique sensor on it to help us taste flavors so it’s important that we take good care of our tongue.
The main way to have healthy taste buds is to brush your tongue. So how do you brush your tongue? You should brush your tongue from the back to the front. It might be helpful to do this while you still have toothpaste in your mouth or if you dip your toothbrush in a little mouthwash. Don’t go too far back, though, or you might trigger your gag reflex. Gently brush your tongue several times and then rinse your mouth.
There are also devices such as tongue scrapers that you can purchase over the counter that can help literally scrape your tongue that will help rid it of plaque and bacteria. These metal devices are easy to rinse clean and store next to your toothbrush. They do not hurt to use either.
A few other ways to keep your tongue healthy are to make sure you are eating a healthy diet, avoiding too many hot beverages (you don’t want to burn your tongue or mouth), and that you are staying properly hydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water during the day! This can help rinse of your tongue periodically.
Now that you know more about how to keep your tongue clean, let us know if you have any other questions about your oral health! We would be happy to talk with you.
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