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Why Should You Brush Your Tongue?

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While people openly discuss cavities and dental work, very few are comfortable talking about more embarrassing dental issues such as bad breath, white tongue, and coated tongue. Stop the stigma and stop the problems by using this helpful guide.

The Trouble with Your Tongue

Have you experienced chronic bad breath lately? Do you have a white tongue or a coated tongue? You’re likely feeling both frustration and fear, but there is probably nothing to worry about because these conditions are very normal. Bad breath, white tongue, and coated tongue are typically caused by the following:

  • Plaque buildup
  • Bacteria and food particles trapped within the teeth and tongue
  • Improper dental hygiene
  • Side effects of certain medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Alcohol use
  • Medical conditions

Make It Better by Brushing Your Tongue

While there are various possible causes, the most common reason for bad breath, white tongue, and coated tongue is a buildup of plaque on the teeth and tongue. This plaque encourages bacteria to grow, which leads to the problems of bad breath, white tongue and coated tongue. To improve these conditions, you need to remove this plaque on a regular basis. This is why you should brush your tongue and teeth at least twice a day. It’s the easiest and most convenient way to cut down that buildup of plaque. Now that you know why you should brush your tongue and teeth, follow these brushing basics.

To Brush Your Teeth Properly:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste and a gentle touch.
  • Clean all surfaces of teeth to remove stains and hidden plaque.

To Brush Your Tongue Perfectly:

  • Get a tongue scraper or simply use your toothbrush to clean your tongue.
  • If using your toothbrush, always rinse and dry it well before using it to brush your tongue.
  • Place a little toothpaste or mouthwash on the scraper or brush.
  • Gently brush your tongue from back to front.
  • End your oral hygiene routine by rinsing with mouthwash.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Waldorf, call Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf today at (301) 861-0665 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Waldorf. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Drs. Lasher and Harriman at Dental One Associates of Waldorf.

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