Are you performing daily oral hygiene care and yet noticing that you may occasionally have bad breath, even though you wash and floss your teeth twice a day? The issue may not be how you are brushing or your routine, but may in fact be that you aren't cleaning your tongue properly.
Here's what you need to start concentrating on and adding attention to. The freshness of your tongue may be the missing link in a clean and fresh smelling breath.
The Way to Clean Your Tongue
After you have moved through your routine focusing on your teeth and gums, focus on your tongue. It is simple enough to apply the bristles of your toothbrush to your tongue. You can also try a specialized brush with a built-in tongue cleaner on the back of the head that can be dragged from the back forward. This can effectively draw remaining bacteria right off your tongue. At the store, you can find a brush that is large and rounded to cover your tongue thoroughly.
How Often to Clean Your Tongue
Each time you brush and floss your teeth, finish your dental care routine with a tongue cleaning. At a minimum, clean your tongue once in the morning and once in the evening before bedtime. If you have dry mouth or sense a foul taste in your mouth midday, try washing your tongue to remedy the situation.
A mouthwash rinse used after clearing out your tongue moisturizes the mouth and kills additional bacteria. Remember, maintaining fresh breath goes beyond routine tooth brushing. Getting into the routine of making your tongue an area that gets adequate attention will help keep your breath neutral and fresh.
Simply adding this last step in your oral health care routine will make a world of difference in your mouth as well as breath. Our office is here to focus on your care. If it's been longer than six months since you have seen us, call today. We can provide you a deep cleaning and ensure your mouth is clean and crisp.