How Often Do You Really Brush Under Your Tongue?

Posted on 8/24/2020 by Brian Rounds, DDS
How Often Do You Really Brush Under Your Tongue?While you may have heard about tongue scraping for cleaning the mouth, you do not want to forget brushing beneath the tongue as well. The following information will give you more insight about why brushing the tongue—top and bottom—is important to your dental health.

Why You Should Also Brush Under the Tongue

Besides scraping away harmful bacteria with a tongue scraper, don't forget to clean the whole tongue, as bacteria can make sneak attacks from beneath the tongue. If you don't have a tongue scraper, use a soft toothbrush to brush the tongue on top and beneath it. That way, you will ensure the health of both your teeth and gums. Also, brushing the tongue (all of it) will assist in keeping your teeth free of damage. Brushing the teeth too often can harm the enamel, so brushing the tongue is helpful in an at-home program of dental hygiene. Not only does it get rid of the germs that cause bad breath, it also reduces plaque and acid attacks.

How Should You Brush Beneath the Tongue?

To brush the tongue, softly brush the tongue from the back to the front. Never brush the tongue too hard, as you may injure it. By cleaning the tongue, you can keep your breath fresh and teeth cavity-free. To ensure the best dental care, spend time brushing the tongue and teeth as well as the gum line. Take about two minutes per session cleaning the tongue when you brush your teeth. Brushing the tongue will also enliven the taste buds, so you can eat food and enjoy better nutrition.

As you can see, you need to focus on all areas of the mouth so you keep it perfectly clean. If you need further advice, don't hesitate to contact our office. To ensure the best oral health, you need to concentrate on all areas of the oral cavity, not just the gums and teeth.
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