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Did you forget to clean your tongue today? Well, you may bee just one of many who don’t scrub their tongues after brushing your teeth. Brushing and flossing are important parts of your oral health regimen, but brushing and flossing alone, even when combined with mouthwash can’t get rid of all the oral bacteria in your mouth. Millions of bacteria accumulate on your tongue every day.

Don’t feel offended, this applies to everyone’s tongue, not just yours. Cleaning your tongue can rid your mouth of the bacteria that causes bad breath. But the question remains: What is the best way to clean your tongue?

There are three methods. You can use your toothbrush, or you can use a tongue brush. A tongue brush has special bristles designed to reach between the grooves in your tongue. With each of these brushes, you should start brushing at the back of your tongue and slowly work your way forward. Don’t forget the sides.

A tongue scraper is a piece of plastic that you drag across your tongue from the back to the front to remove the bacteria. It’s important that you rinse the scraper before and after you use it, and to rinse your mouth after you are done.

If you are ready for a fresher mouth, why not talk to our dentist, Dr. Scott McQuiston about the benefits of a clean tongue. Call 703-354-0111 today to schedule an appointment at McQuiston Dental in Alexandria, Virginia.