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Have you ever been told that you need to brush your tongue? Have you made an effort to make it a normal part of your dental routine? If not, should you?

Cleaning your tongue isn’t actually necessary, especially if you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, floss daily, and visit a dentist every six months. One of the most important things you can do to protect your oral health is removing the bacteria that could ultimately lead to gum disease. While it is true that your tongue could have bacteria on it—and that the bacteria may spread back to your teeth—but it takes at least 24 hours for plaque to form. This means that as long as you brush at least once a day, the bacteria on your tongue won’t cause plaque.

But please don’t misunderstand. It’s not necessarily a bad idea to brush your tongue. In fact, it may even help you, especially if you have persistent bad breath. As mentioned before, there are bacteria on your tongue. Sadly, while the bacteria on your tongue won’t lead to problems with gum disease, it could lead to problems with bad breath, especially if you’ve eaten foods like salmon, garlic, or onions. The taste of foods such as these can linger on your tongue. In these instances, it may be a good idea to purchase a tongue scraper or to get a toothbrush with a tongue-cleaning head. Please remember however, that if your bad breath is persistent, you may need to visit with your dentist. Other factors could be causing your bad breath.

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