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This may sound a little strange, but brushing your tongue is an important part of your oral health routine. In fact, brushing your tongue can help you beat back bad breath.

As you may know, our teeth have pockets where food and bacteria can get stuck. Our tongues have similar pockets and problems too. Bacteria and food go hand in hand when it comes to making your breath smell unpleasant. Fortunately, brushing your tongue can remove these troublemakers from your presence.

A toothbrush is a handy tool if nothing else is available, but it is not the most useful thing for tongue brushing. The pockets on the tongue are tinier than the toothbrush can handle. There are brushes made specifically for your tongue, and you can try tongue scrapers too.

At the start of each session, you should run water over the tongue scraper or tongue brush to ensure either tool will be clean. A tongue brush requires some toothpaste to be on it, though a tongue scraper should not need any.

You should always start from the back of the tongue. You need not go too far back, as you do not want to gag yourself. Gently brush or scrape to your tongue’s front. You will be done when you have brushed or scraped the top and sides of your tongue. When you are finished, we recommend rinsing off the brush or scraper, just to be doubly sure that it is clean.

If you try brushing your tongue but still suffer from bad breath, or if any problem with your mouth surfaces, come see us at our office in Tucson, Arizona. Dr. Lawrence Gerhart, our dentist, and our team will do their best to help you. Just call 520-326-5442 to let us know you are coming.