Do I Need To Brush My Tongue?

You may wonder if you need to brush your tongue. The answer is yes. The reason for this is that bacteria that causes cavities, gum disease, and bad breath can live on your tongue. If you fail to brush your tongue these colonies will remain and can cause you to have many side effects, most notably halitosis. 


Your tongue is at particular risk as an area where bacteria can colonize. The reasib for this is that your tongue is covered in papillae. Papillae is what detects taste in your mouth, however, they can also create areas that bacterias to can hide.

The best way to deal with this is to brush your tongue. While brushing your tongue tou begin to break up bacteria and make them much less destructive. Brushing your tongue also reduces the amount of germs in your mouth to help prevent other health problems. 

Some general brushing tips & techniques:

  • Use a circular motion while brushing gradually covering your entire mouth.
  • Place your brush at a 45-degree angle from your teeth.
  • Don't forget to brush all the surfaces in your mouth including your gums, teeth, roof of your mouth, tongue, cheeks, etc. Brushing these parts of your mouth will remove bacteria and cause your breath to be fresher.
  • You should replace your brush when the bristles begin to fray or after you have been sick.
  • You should brush for two to three minutes in order to effectively brush. Don't rush through the brushing process.

If you would like to schedule a professional cleaning please contact Dr. Florian at his office in North Royalton.