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How To Brush Your Tongue (And Why You Should!)

Posted on 2/15/2024 by Weo Admin
Child sticking out her tongue.To maintain good oral hygiene, it is important to do more than brush your teeth. Many people underestimate the importance of tongue cleaning, but it plays a crucial role in preventing various dental issues.

How Do I Brush My Tongue?

If you use a toothbrush, wet it to soften the bristles. Brush the center of your tongue back and forth gently, ensuring you do not apply excessive pressure. Using an electric toothbrush requires extra caution, as its efficacy may lead to unintentional harm if not handled carefully. Remember to rinse your toothbrush to prevent the spread of germs in your mouth.

Next, move the brush from side to side, reaching the edges of your tongue. This technique helps remove germs and maintain a clean and healthy tongue. Once again, rinse your toothbrush to eliminate lingering germs on the bristles. Finally, rinse your mouth thoroughly to remove floating germs and refresh your tongue.

Tools You Can Use To Clean Your Tongue

Cleaning your tongue is accessible with different tools. You can use a regular toothbrush by moving it side to side and back and forth while brushing your teeth. Another option is to get a tongue scraper from the drugstore. They are not expensive and can remove bacteria by scraping your tongue. Some toothbrushes even have scrapers built in. These let you both brush and scrape, making it simple to keep your tongue clean and your mouth healthy.

Why Brushing Your Tongue Is So Important

The key to fresh breath lies in addressing the harmful bacteria in your mouth. Brushing or scraping your tongue helps remove these bacteria layers, preventing bad breath. Also, cleaning your tongue regularly improves your sense of taste by preventing a buildup of bacteria that can dull it. Beyond that, taking care of your tongue can improve overall mouth health, reducing the risk of cavities and gum disease.

Incorporate tongue brushing into your daily routine for a healthier mouth and a brighter smile. Your oral hygiene journey does not stop at your teeth - give your tongue the attention it deserves.
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