Many Chicago dentists don’t mention tongue cleaning as part of oral care, but your tongue can harbor bad aromas that contribute to bad breath. Cleaning your tongue every day can help reduce bad breath and give you more self-confidence. Your Lincoln Park dental team recommends cleaning your tongue right after brushing your teeth.

How Should You Clean Your Tongue?

The tongue’s surface attracts debris. The bacteria on the tongue is designed to break down food particles and germs, but this process can create bad aromas. By scraping the debris off your tongue, it reduces bad odors.

You can use a toothbrush or tongue scraper to clean your tongue: stick your tongue out as far as your can. Use your tool to gently scrape the debris off the tongue. Rinse the tool and repeat if necessary. Your tongue is clean when it’s pale pink in color.

If you’re pressed for time, you can use an over-the-counter mouthwash. Keep in mind that most mouthwashes just mask odors. If you continue to have bad breath and can’t take care of it on your own, you should talk to your Chicago dentist about it.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy

Make an appointment with Lincoln Park Smiles to talk to your dentist about bad breath. You might have an underlying dental issue that needs to be treated. There are solutions. Take care of your teeth to have a beautiful smile and feel confident when you’re talking to others.

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