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You may not know it (and you may not want to know it), but your tongue is home to millions of bacteria. That bacteria can cause bad breath and other health problems for your mouth. It’s a not a very pretty picture. Fortunately, there is an easy way to fight it!

If you have a toothbrush, you can clean your tongue. Just take your toothbrush and scrub your tongue from back to front. Remember to clean the sides and rinse your toothbrush and your mouth well when you are done. Some toothbrushes have a tongue cleaner on the head, opposite the bristles.

It’s true that your teeth do have some texture, but overall, they are very smooth, and your toothbrush is designed to clean those kinds of surfaces. A tongue brush, on the other hand, is designed to clean the deeper grooves of your tongue. Just as with your toothbrush, you should start at the back and gently scrub your way forward. Another option may be to use a tongue scraper. This is piece of metal or plastic that you gently pull from the back of your tongue to the front, removing the bacteria and film from the surface. Not matter what type of instrument you use—toothbrush, tongue brush or tongue scraper—be sure rinse it and your mouth after you are done.

Of course, brushing your teeth and tongue are important to good dental health, but nothing replaces regular visits with the dentist for routine cleanings and examinations. If you live in the
Springville, Utah area, and would like to schedule an appointment with our dentists, Drs. Condie and Tuft, at Condie & Tuft Family Dentistry, call 801-489-7364 today.