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Don’t Forget to Clean Your Tongue!

Woman Using a Tongue Scraper

Brushing Your Tongue Helps Freshen Breath

With all the mints, mouthwash, chewing gum and other cover-ups available, there are many ways to freshen your breath. But, if you consistently suffer from halitosis, you might be forgetting an easy way to combat odor-causing bacteria… cleaning your tongue!

It makes perfect sense if you think about it, the tongue is one of the largest structures in the mouth, and its textured surface provides the perfect environment for bacteria to grow. Furthermore, since this vital organ makes contact with nearly every other part of the mouth, a dirty tongue can re-infect clean teeth with bacteria and germs. So, after brushing your teeth, remember to brush your tongue as well, or use a specialized tongue scraper (available at any pharmacy).

Cleaning the tongue is quick and easy, and while most people simply don’t think to include it as part of their oral hygiene routine, it just might be the solution to bad breath you’re looking for!

About Brent T. Ingram, DDS

San Jose dentist Dr. Brent Ingram received his doctorate of general dentistry from The University of the Pacific School of Dentistry and his B.S. in Accounting at Pepperdine University. However, the study never stops when you’re a dentist. Since taking over the practice at Complete Dental Care over 10 years ago, Dr. Ingram has gained certification in Invisalign®, 6 Month Smiles® as well as the latest methods of Endodontics, Laser surgery and Cosmetic Dentistry. Born and raised in Los Altos, California. Dr. Ingram currently lives in Santa Clara, with his wife Amy, son Rafe and new daughter Rhys Lillian, (who has no teeth but she’s trying!). Besides family time, he also enjoys golfing, skiing, traveling, theatre and watching his favorite basketball team, The Golden State Warriors.

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