Clean Your Tongue for Fresher Breath

Patients frequently ask questions about bad breath, and this is not a simple subject.  There are a number of factors that can contribute to bad breath, such as periodontal (gum) disease, acid reflux, sulfur compounds from some foods, systemic disorders and dental plaque.

However, there is one quick thing that everyone can do in 15 seconds that can contribute to having fresher breath - just clean your tongue.  Dentists and hygienists forget to discuss this as often as we should because it is so simple.  Just as dirt gets down into your carpet and has to be vacuumed, bacteria and microscopic food particles constantly accumulate in the crevices of your tongue.  While millions of bacteria grow on your teeth within hours after brushing and flossing, they are also growing on your tongue and causing odor.

Though you can buy handy tongue scrapers designed just for cleaning your tongue, the reality is that most people are not going to keep one of these around with their tooth brush.

So I recommend that every time you brush your teeth, you spend just 15 seconds more to thoroughly and vigorously scrub the entire top of your tongue.  You will be amazed at how much cleaner your mouth feels, how much fresher your breath is, and how much better you can taste everything that you eat and drink. 

This will make such a difference, that it can quickly become such a habit that you will just do it automatically, and have fresher breath all the time.


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