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Why Your Dentist Says You Should Brush Your Tongue

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One of the best things you can do for your mouth is to actively clean your tongue—just as much as you brush your teeth. Why? It’s one of the many places that bacteria harbor and multiply. If you forget to brush your tongue now, you’ll never miss it again after reading this post from your dentist in Arlington, VA.


3 Things That Create a Dirty Tongue

Bad Dental Hygiene Routine

Did you know that over half of your mouth’s bacteria are located on your tongue? All other bacteria exist between teeth and along the gum line. Our mouth and tongue shape provide an optimal environment for bad dental bacteria to grow and fester up. Without an effective dental cleaning routine to keep your mouth clean you will experience oral health issues that originally are from excessive plaque buildup.

Your Lifestyle

Everything from dehydration, stress, smoking, alcohol and the food you eat can contribute to developing more dental bacteria than normal. It can even develop into a white film on the surface of the tongue. It is now thought that tongue piercings and meat consumption could also be factors in the plaque buildup on your tongue.

Medical Conditions

Dry mouth, hairy tongue, sinusitis and postnasal drip are a few medical conditions that cause more bacteria buildup than normal. Also conditions like advanced gum disease, gingivitis, and cavities can thrive because of the bacteria on your tongue. So, cleaning your tongue twice a day can make a significant difference in fixing these dental problems.
You Can Avoid These Problems Easily!

Simply visit the dentist and clean your tongue twice a day to avoid the problems listed above.

Follow These Steps:

  1. Before brushing, clean your tongue with a tongue scraper. Start from the back of the tongue and scrape the white film off towards the front tip. Do this twice a day.
  2. Use floss as the most effective way to clean the plaque between your teeth. Remove it from your mouth to avoid having it turn into harmful tartar that causes gum disease and the white coating on your tongue.
  3. Then brush your teeth twice a day as well.
  4. Complete your teeth cleaning routine with a 30 second swish of mouthwash.

Can you believe it’s that easy?

You’re not alone when it comes to your oral health. Get assistance every step of the way from your local dentist!


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After a short visit to Westover Dentistry, you’ll not only have a beautiful smile, but you’ll also have way more confidence. When interacting with friends, colleagues and loved ones, you can speak with the confidence to show off your bright teeth. Find relief knowing you’re not subjecting them to bad breath or other symptoms of lingering dental bacteria. Give us a call at (703) 495-2247, or request an appointment online today.