Flossing and brushing your teeth and gums is a must when caring for your mouth, but make sure you don’t neglect your tongue. Bacteria that live in your mouth also collect on your tongue and in between your taste buds.
Your tongue doesn’t get cavities, but it does hold the bacteria that can cause problems on your gums and teeth if not removed. The bacteria can also make your mouth feel less fresh and cause bad breath.
Brushing your tongue is simple, maybe a bit ticklish, and should be done each time you brush.
- Gently move your toothbrush around the top of your tongue, using little circular motions. You can use toothpaste or plain water.
- Move the brush from front to back in little rows until you cover the whole surface of your tongue.
- Finish by rinsing with water, making sure not to swallow.
- Make these steps part of your brushing routine for a whole mouth clean.
Brushing your tongue also gives you a chance to notice any changes in color, texture or shape of your tongue. If you do notice something not quite right call your dentist for an appointment so they can take a look. Early detection of mouth problems is important to your whole-body health.