Do you Need to Brush your Tongue?

brushing tongue

Brushing your tongue might seem like an odd thing to do. Truth be told, it is just as important as brushing and flossing your teeth. The majority of the bacteria found in your mouth is located on your tongue and on your gums.  Brushing your teeth removes bacteria from your teeth. Without the added step of tongue brushing, the bacteria on your tongue transfers onto your teeth in a short period of time.  Incorporating Tongue Brushing into your daily routine is essential to maintaining good oral health.

Your tongue, which most consider flat, is full of rough surfaces. These rough surfaces, which are too small for the naked eye, provides a breading ground for bacteria, food and beverages to remain until removed. Brushing your tongue removes the bacteria and particles from the surface.  This removal prevents additional bacteria from spreading to your teeth and also helps to eliminate bad breath.

tongue brushing

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

1. Tilt the brush at a 45 Degree angle against the gumline and sweep or roll the brush away from the gumline.

2. Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of each tooth using short back and forth strokes.

3. Gently brush your tongue making sure to get the top and bottom.

If you are having issues getting the back of your tongue, tongue scrapers are available at most drug stores.

J.C. Duncan, DDS, FAGD


J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078

Phone: (704) 266-1486
Fax: (704) 948-1969
Email: Click here to email our office

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