Even when you visit your Arlington, TX dentist regularly, good hygiene at home is important for oral health. But many people don’t brush their tongue, which means they’re skipping an important part of oral health care. There are some good reasons why you should start brushing your tongue if you are not already.
Bacteria on the Tongue
Your tongue is a good place for bacteria to breed because of all the crevices. If you don’t counteract it, bacteria will grow all over your tongue and form a film that can lead to lots of problems. If you don’t brush your tongue regularly, you are not only facing problems with bad breath, but you’ll have a higher risk of cavities and other dental problems. If you have oral diseases, dry mouth, or other health problems that affect your mouth, brushing your tongue is even more important.
How to Brush Your Tongue
To help reduce the bacteria in your mouth, you should include your tongue in your regular brushing routine. Simply use your toothbrush to scrub your tongue in a back and forth motion as well as left to right. When you’re done, rinse well with water. Be sure not to brush too hard or you could damage the skin on your tongue. If you have questions about your oral health, you can reach out to your Arlington, TX dental team.
Even if you’re taking good care of your teeth, it’s important to visit your dentist regularly. Make an appointment today with Dr. Chip Mercer, Dr. William Saunders, Dr. Zimmerer, or Dr. Petty at Fielder Park Dental.