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Your teeth and gums are not the only things in your mouth that can benefit from regular cleaning. There are actually a lot of rough and porous surfaces on the tongue that can harbor bacteria. This can result in chronic bad breath and increased plaque production in your mouth.

Once you are done brushing your teeth, you can also brush your tongue a lightly. You should use a gentle circular motion to brush the rough surface of the taste buds, and also brush the sides or your tongue.

If brushing feels awkward, you could try a tongue scraper. Most have a small plastic handle with a mildly sharp edge on one end. You simply 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 the next sweep.

Clinical research has not found tongue scrapers any more effective than a soft bristled toothbrush. It really is just a matter of personal preference.

After you are done brushing or scraping you can then rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to help kill any lingering bacteria and freshen your breath.

If you find that you still have chronic bad breath, despite regular brushing, flossing and tongue cleaning, you should call us at 734-973-7450 to schedule an appointment to identify the source of the problem.