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Tongue cleaning

You clean your teeth twice a day as part of your oral hygiene routine, but what about your tongue? Bacteria can build up on your tongue, causing a number of issues, including bad breath and even tooth decay and gum disease. Cleaning your tongue daily can remove the harmful bacteria and plaque, and be beneficial for the health of your mouth overall. 

Cleaning your tongue is simple, and can be done with your regular toothbrush. Carefully brush the top of your tongue with the bristles or back of the toothbrush, using gentle pressure. Make sure you include the back of the tongue too before rinsing with water. 

For a more thorough clean, you can use a specialist tongue scraper. Starting at the back of your tongue and working forwards, the scraper effectively removes a layer of bacteria, giving your mouth a cleaner, fresher feel. 

Your dentist and hygienist can give you tips and advice on keeping your tongue clean, and show you the most effective method to use at home. Get in touch with us today to find out more. 

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