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A consistent daily oral hygiene routine is an essential component in the prevention of oral health problems. The American Dental Association advocates that you should brush your teeth each morning and night with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. It’s also important to thoroughly floss between all your teeth and along the gumline.

Some individuals also like to include a simple tongue cleaning in their daily oral hygiene efforts. This can help to remove additional bacterial deposits to help reduce plaque development and bad breath.

This can be as simple as using your soft-bristled toothbrush in a circular motion around the rough surfaces of your tongue. Some people also like to use a special tongue scraper to clean their tongue. It is basically a small plastic handle with a mild edge. Making iterative overlapping sweeps can help scrape plaque and bacterial matter from the tongue. If you notice a buildup of material on the blade edge, you should rinse it off before making another gentle pass with the tongue scraper. Once this is done you might also want to vigorously rinse your mouth with a little antiseptic mouthwash.

If you live in the Houston, Texas, area and you have an oral hygiene issue, you can call 281-759-1277 to schedule a checkup with a dentist like Dr. Nguyen and Dr. Doan and the staff at Smile Image Dentists.