Gentle Dentistry 173 Terrace Street, Haworth, NJ 07641 (201) 384-1611



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By Gentle Dentistry, P.A.
January 30, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Better your oral hygiene regimen with the help of your Haworth, NJ, dentists, also serving the Bergen County.

Do you brush your tongue after you brush your teeth? Taking a few seconds to clean your tongue offers important oral health benefits. tongue brushingYour Haworth, NJ, dentists, serving the Bergen County at General Dentistry, discuss the importance of tongue brushing.

Less bacteria

Brushing your teeth twice per day is an excellent way to remove plaque and bacteria from your mouth, decreasing your risk of cavities and gum disease. You'll remove even more bacteria if you brush your tongue too. Although your tongue may look smooth, it actually contains tiny openings that can harbor bacteria.

Your mouth stays cleaner longer

Love the way your mouth feels after you brush your teeth? You can enjoy that clean feeling longer, if you follow tooth brushing with tongue brushing. If you skip this important step, the bacteria on your tongue will eventually find their way onto your teeth.

Fresher breath

Getting rid of the bacteria on your tongue is an essential part of keeping your breath fresh. Although mouthwash is helpful, even anti-microbial mouthwash can't reach cells in the inner layer of the bacterial film that coats your tongue. Brushing your tongue, particularly when combined with brushing your teeth, flossing and using mouthwash, helps your breath stay fresh much longer.

Isn't tongue brushing uncomfortable?

Cleaning your tongue only requires gentle pressure and shouldn't be painful or uncomfortable. Make sure you use a soft bristle brush and clean both sides of your tongue. When you brush your tongue, you do have to be careful to avoid activating your gag reflex. Luckily, stores sell tongue scrapers that make cleaning your tongue easier if using a toothbrush makes you gag. No matter how you choose to clean your tongue, it's important to rinse afterward to remove loosened bacteria and debris from your mouth.

In addition to good oral hygiene, regular dental visits are an important part of keeping your smile healthy. If it's time for your next visit, call your Haworth, NJ, dentists, serving the Bergen County at General Dentistry at (201) 384-1611 to schedule your appointment.