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Are you concerned about your teeth and gums? Do you ever wonder if there’s anything more you can do to keep your mouth clean and strong? If so, you may want to consider the benefits of using a tongue scraper, though brushing your tongue isn’t always necessary.

You see, unlike your teeth and gums, your tongue actually does a fairly good job of keeping itself clean. As you may already be aware, saliva will carry food particles and bacteria away from your teeth. Saliva can also carry food particles and bacteria away from your tongue. Please note that bacteria from your tongue could spread to your teeth, but keeping your mouth clean by regularly brushing and flossing will help you avoid any issues this could cause. However, since your tongue could still be harboring bacteria, it may be the cause of bad breath. If you have persistent bad breath, you may want to consider cleaning your tongue.

Cleaning your tongue with your toothbrush can be extremely unpleasant for some individuals. Many people tend to struggle to clean their tongue with their toothbrush because it triggers their gag reflex. Luckily, if you’re interested in cleaning your tongue, there are some options you may want to consider, though we suggest a tongue scraper. These tools can come in many sizes and might be made from several materials, giving you the ability to clean your tongue comfortably.

If you would like to hear more about keeping your pearly whites clean in Middletown, Connecticut, or have any more questions about tongue scrapers, we invite you to contact Laura Miller, DDS at 860-346-6872. Our dentist, Dr. Laura Miller, and of our team will assess your teeth and address any concerns you could have. We look forward to hearing from you!