Here is Why You Should be Brushing Your Tongue.
You just finished brushing your teeth and using your favorite mouthwash so that you can have fresh-smelling breath for the next couple of hours. A few minutes later you begin to notice that your breath is starting to give off a bad smell... at this point you're probably questioning if mouthwash even works. Where is this bad breath coming from and what can be causing it?
Halitosis or most commonly known as bad breath is a common issue. Although there are several things that can cause bad breath, such as not flossing, types of food you eat, smoking and gum disease. You might be surprised to find out that a lot of the bad breath comes from not brushing your tongue.
Brushing and flossing is not the only thing you should be doing when you're taking care of your oral hygiene. I constantly remind my patients to use their soft toothbrush to help remove bacteria and other food debris that might be sitting on the tongue, as this can be responsible for causing that bad odor. I like to tell my patients that the tongue is like a carpet, you can rinse it all you want, but if you want to get all that junk out of it you need to take the time to gently brush it so that you can thoroughly clean it.
I personally like to brush my tongue with the orabrush tongue scraper, because I've noticed that it does a better job at removing plaque from the back of my tongue, but if you don't have a tongue scraper a soft toothbrush or wet paper towel also gets the job done.
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