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You may know that there are a number of steps you can take if you would like to keep your teeth clean. As you might already know, brushing and flossing can help you keep your pearly whites clean, but did you know that brushing your tongue with your toothbrush is another option you should consider?    

While keeping your tongue clean isn’t totally necessary, there are a number of benefits you should know about. For example, even though your tongue can clean itself, it might still harbor bacteria—which could lead to bad breath and other dental problems. Plaque from your tongue may also spread to the back of your teeth if you don’t clean it. This shouldn’t be a problem if you brush and floss your pearly whites well.   

Still, please note that many people struggle to brush their tongue because doing so can trigger their gag reflex. Luckily, there are options you can consider if you’re interested in enjoying the benefits of keeping your teeth clean. For instance, a tongue scraper is made to clean off your tongue. If you decide to try to use a tongue scraper, you might choose one made of metal, though one made of plastic may work better for individuals who suffer from extreme gag reflex.

If you would like to learn more about the care you can receive from our team, or have more concerns about cleaning your tongue in Rexburg, Idaho, we invite you to contact North Fork Dental Care at 208-356-3012. Our dentist, Dr. James Thomason, and our team will happily answer any of your questions. We look forward to meeting with you.