Cosmetic Dentist in Beverly Hills - David S. Frey DDS

Do I need to brush my tongue?

The teeth and gums need to be cared for each day to ensure they are healthy and clean. However, have you ever thought about the care and attention your tongue may need? The tongue is a rough surface that can be the perfect location for bacteria to thrive. The bacteria that resides on the tongue can transfer elsewhere in the mouth and multiple, creasing problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. Additionally, bacteria present on the tongue is one of the leading causes of conditions such as halitosis (bad breath). Dr. David S. Frey of Beverly Hills, California encourages patients to learn more about how to keep the tongue clean to contribute to a healthier smile!

Do I need to brush my tongue?

When brushing the teeth, it is always a good idea to brush the tongue as well. To effectively brush your tongue and remove food debris, sugars, and acids that can contribute to dental problems, it is important that you use toothpaste and brush vigorously on the tongue. Work from back to front, and brush forward and backward and side to side. Some patients may also utilize tongue scrapers, especially if they deal with chronic bad breath or other problems of the tongue that contribute to poor oral health.

How often should I brush my tongue?

Patients should brush their tongue as part of their tooth brushing and flossing routines. Oral care routines should be performed twice a day, preferably once in the morning and once at night before bed. Brushing and flossing after every meal is also advantageous, but not always possible for patients. Patients who have trouble keeping their mouth clean or those who deal with dry mouth and bad breath may need to brush their tongue more often during the day than those who do not.

Discuss your dental needs with Dr. David S. Frey

Beverly Hills, California area patients can call (310) 276-4537 today to request a consultation visit and educate themselves on how to care for their teeth and gums. His practice is always accepting new patients and continues to provide patients with ways to achieve and maintain good oral health and wellness.

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