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You may know that there are a number of things you should do if you’re interested in keeping your teeth clean. As you may know, brushing and flossing can help you clean your teeth and help you avoid bad breath. However, did you know that brushing your tongue is another option you can consider?     

While brushing your tongue isn’t completely necessary, there are a few benefits you can expect to enjoy. For instance, even though your tongue cleans itself fairly well, it could harbor bacteria—which could lead to bad breath. Plaque from your tongue could also spread to your back teeth if you don’t clean it. However, this shouldn’t be an issue if you brush and floss well.  

However, while many people struggle to brush their tongue because of their gag reflex, you could consider the benefits of a tongue scraper. As you may have guessed, tongue scrapers are made to clean your tongue. If you decide to use a tongue scraper, you could choose one made from metal, though plastic tongue scrapers may work better for individuals who have a gag reflex.

If you’re interested in learning more about the care you can receive from our team, or have more questions about cleaning your tongue in Essex Junction, Vermont, we invite you to contact Scott Thompson, DMD at 802-879-7811. Our dentists, Dr. Scott Thompson and Dr. Erica Grayson DiGuglielmo will be happy to answer any questions you may have!