Most of us have a bedtime and morning routine that looks something like this. Brush your teeth, floss, rinse your mouth with mouthwash, wash your face, use the bathroom, put on pajamas and then head to bed. There is a little aspect of that routine that could make a huge different that wasn’t included in the above. Know what it is? After brushing your teeth, you should brush your tongue! Surprised?
Brushing your tongue, a part of the oral hygiene practice, has been around for quite some time. When you are brushing your teeth, did you know your little tongue was crying out for a cleaning as well?
Why brush your teeth? It turns out our tongue is full of not only taste buds but plaque and bacteria as well. When these are left on your tongue it can lead to bad breath and growth of bacteria in your mouth. No one wants to deal with that, especially those that you come in close contact with.
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.
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.
Now that you know how to help keep your tongue clean and happy, try it out. Each nice and each morning during your routine, add “brushing your tongue” to the list. Let us know if we can help with any other aspects of your oral care.
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