Why You Need To Clean Your Tongue

December 06, 2019 | Posted in Education

We’re always told about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth, but what about your tongue? Taking proper care of your tongue is an important part of a good oral hygiene routine. The tongue is a perfect place for bacteria to thrive, and if the tongue is not properly cleaned, this bacteria can cause bad breath.
Cleaning your tongue is simple! Whenever you brush your teeth, remember to clean your tongue as well. To clean your tongue, you can either use a tongue scraper or just brush it with a toothbrush. If using a toothbrush, gently move it around the tongue and then rinse with water. Some brushes have added tongue cleaners to the back sides of the head, so if yours has one, then you can use that instead. Tongue scrapers can be an even better tool to clean the tongue. To use one, swipe it along the tongue and rinse after each swipe. Always be gentle when cleaning your tongue. If it starts to feel sore or begins bleeding, you are using too much force. 
Try to clean your tongue at least two times per day, once in the morning and once in the evening, however cleaning it more often won’t hurt. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.