After you brush your teeth, be sure you brush your tongue.
We spend a lot of time stressing the importance of brushing your teeth, but many people do not know that brushing your tongue is also an important part of your dental hygiene routine. The germs and bacteria that can be found on our tongue lead to bad breath as well as dental health issues.
In order to properly brush, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Tilt your toothbrush 45 degrees against the gumline and brush away from the gumline.
- Be sure to brush your tongue, gently, to remove bacteria and fight against bad breath.
- Lightly brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of the teeth using short back-and-forth motions.
In order to remove the bacteria from your tongue, you need to brush or use a tongue scraper. Simply washing your mouth with water is not enough. One of the major causes of bad breath is poor dental hygiene, so you want to make sure you are properly caring for your mouth. If bad breath does not subside even with good hygiene, contact your dentist.