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Have you ever asked yourself if it is necessary to brush your tongue while you brush your teeth? The answer is yes because most of the bacteria in your mouth reside on your tongue. Although children can be easily assisted in making sure they brush twice daily, it is imperative to remind them or assist them every time they brush their tongue as well. If your tongue is not cleaned, the bacteria will eventually spread to your teeth and lead to tooth decay and cavities.

Unfortunately, washing away bacteria from your tongue is no easy task. Even cleaning agents such as water and mouthwash tend to have a difficult time removing bacteria from your tongue, because the bacteria can lodge within the crevices and gaps on your tongue and instead, must be brushed away.

In addition, bacteria from your tongue can cause odors and lead to halitosis, also known as bad breath. Your risk is increased if you suffer from dry mouth, or tend to be a heavy mouth breather while you sleep. By brushing your tongue frequently, you can lower your risk for bad breath and reduce the number of odor-causing bacteria in your mouth. As always, you will need to assist your children.

Our team here at Big Grins in Fort Collins, Colorado, looks forward to assisting you in every way we can in all your pediatric needs. We are here to ensure your health and your children’s oral health care is well taken care of. For more information, you’re welcome to browse our blog archives, or call/text me at 970-407-1020. Have a wonderful August!