Ask a Dentist

June 23, 2020

Q: I have a friend who brushes their tongue - does that help keep your mouth clean?

A: It might sound out of the ordinary, but brushing your tongue actually helps to improve the health of your mouth.The action of brushing from back to front can remove plaque bacteria that might otherwise end up on your teeth or in your gums. Rinsing thoroughly with a mild mouth rinse or salt water can also help to loosen harmful bacteria from in between the taste buds.Because you’re removing that excess buildup, cleaning your tongue often means reducing the incidence of bad breath and cavities.Remember, it’s important to focus on your entire mouth in your oral health routine.