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Do you do an outstanding job of brushing and flossing? Do you use a mouthwash designed to fight bad breath, plaque, and tartar? Do you watch what you eat? Do you do all these things and still have bad breath? Maybe you should consider cleaning your tongue. Your mouth, unfortunately, is a breeding ground for millions of bacteria, and your tongue is a great place for the bacteria that cause bad breath to breed.

Cleaning your tongue is not hard, and you can do it before or after you brush your teeth. Just take your toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste, and gently scrub your tongue starting at the back and working your way to the front. Keep in mind that your toothbrush is designed to clean your teeth, not your tongue, so you may want to invest in a tongue scraper or a tongue brush. A tongue scraper is made of plastic or metal, and you start at the back of the tongue and gently pull it forward to remove a layer of bacteria from the surface. A tongue brush is similar to a toothbrush but is designed to reach the deep grooves in your tongue.

No matter what tool you use, you will need to clean the surface of your tongue and the sides. You should rinse your toothbrush, tongue brush or tongue scraper after every use, as well as thoroughly rinse your mouth as well.

Of course, cleaning your tongue is just part of a good oral hygiene regimen. You should brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and see your dentist two times a year for your regular cleanings and exams. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reeve Abraben at Lake City Family Dental Center, PA in Lake City, Florida, call 386.752.1342. We’re looking forward to meeting you soon!