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You know that it’s important to brush and floss every day, but what do you know about brushing your tongue? In fact, should you consider brushing your tongue? What are the benefits? Do you just use your toothbrush? If you’re interested in answers questions like these, please read on.

Strictly speaking, brushing your tongue isn’t necessary—though it may not be a bad idea. Your tongue will naturally clean itself as it moves against food and is covered in saliva. Similarly, the bacteria on your tongue can spread to your teeth. However, it takes twenty-four hours for plaque to form, so as long as you brush every day, your smile should be safe.

Still, bacteria will be on your tongue and bacteria in your mouth can ultimately cause bad breath. In fact, if you’re suffering from bad breath, brushing your tongue may be something you should consider. Also, if you’ve just eaten something strong—such as salmon, garlic, or onions—you could eventually have to deal with bad breath. Again, scraping your tongue is a way to remove this issue.

Fortunately, brushing your tongue is as simple as it seems. You can use your brush to gently remove plaque from your tongue, but some people find that brushing with a toothbrush causes gagging. If you have this problem, a tongue scraper could be all you need. These useful tools come in a variety of shapes and materials designed to meet your specific needs.

Finally, if you’re dealing with recurring bad breath, please visit Lake City Way Dental Center. You could have gum disease or another issue that Dr. Obiora E. Nkwonta should address. If you’re interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us at 206.363.1828. We’re excited to hear from you!