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Why Should I Brush My Tongue?

While you probably already know that brushing and flossing your teeth are the cornerstones of effective at-home preventative dentistry, have you ever stopped to consider how the other structures in your mouth play a role in maintaining your overall oral health?

Brushing your tongue, for example, is one of the best ways to keep bad breath away and protect your mouth from unwanted bacteria. 

woman brushing her tongueBenefits of Brushing Your Tongue

Your Colorado Springs dentist recommends brushing your tongue daily if you want to have:

  • Fresher breath
  • A tongue that looks clean and avoids stains from dark-colored food and beverages
  • Fewer bacteria in your mouth 
  • Less frequent opportunities for cavities and gum disease to develop 

If you’re new to brushing your tongue, don’t worryーyou don’t need to spend any extra money or acquire any new equipment.

While you can choose to buy an inexpensive tongue scraper for only a few dollars at your local drugstore, you can actually clean your tongue effectively using only the toothbrush and toothpaste you already own! 

It takes less than a minute to sufficiently brush your tongue each day, and doing so can make a significant difference in your mouth’s health and in how fresh your breath feels. For the best oral health possible and an outstandingly clean smile, you should also brush the roof of your mouth at least once a day. 

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