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The human tongue, with all of its taste buds, has a lot of textures and rough surfaces. It’s not unheard of for these textured surfaces to trap bacteria and plaque, promoting chronic bad breath problems. To address a problem like this, you might want to try cleaning your tongue as part of your daily oral hygiene routine.

After you are done brushing your teeth you can also brush your tongue in a gentle circular motion. Make sure you brush around the sides of the tongue and the rough surface of the taste buds. This will help clean your tongue of some bacteria and refresh your mouth.

If you like, you could try using a tongue scraper. This usually comes in the form of a small plastic handle with a mildly sharp edge on one end. When using a tongue scraper, you should work from front to back making multiple overlapping sweeps. If you notice a buildup of material on the blade edge, you should rinse it off before making another pass over your tongue.

Once your tongue has been cleaned you should floss your teeth per your daily oral hygiene routine. Vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash can also help to wash away lingering bacteria and freshen your breath. Just keep in mind that antiseptic mouthwash can’t clean between teeth with the effectiveness of dental floss. Any material left in these areas will once again promote plaque formation and bad breath.

If you have questions about how to clean your tongue, you can always call Tracey Tabor Williams, DMD’s offices in Indianapolis, Indiana at 317.637.4636 to ask a question.