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The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice each day and remember to floss at least once. With efficiency and consistency, this basic oral hygiene routine will help to remove plaque and residual food particles, to reduce the total bacterial population in your mouth.

Along with regular attendance of your routine dental checkups, you can enjoy a decreased chance of suffering from cavities, gum disease, and other oral health conditions.

It’s also worth noting, that while it’s not necessary, some people like to include a simple tongue cleaning in their daily oral hygiene efforts. This can reduce plaque development and reduce the bacterial population that might be related to chronic bad breath.

When brushing your tongue you should try to focus on working the head of your soft-bristled toothbrush in a circular motion around the rough surfaces of your tongue.

There are also special tongue scrapers sold in stores. This is typically a small plastic handle with a mild edge on one side. 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 gentle pass.

If you live in the Mason, Ohio, area and you have an oral hygiene issue, you can call 513.229.7801 to speak to Dr. Jennifer E. Taylor or a member of staff at Taylor Family Dentistry.