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Your tongue is an amazing thing. It can help you pronounce up to 90 words a minute, and it can have as many as ten thousand taste buds. It can distinguish between the different degrees of five types of tastes. And it can be a hotbed of bacteria. In fact, your tongue is home to all sorts of bacteria that can cause bad breath.

Cleaning your tongue is not a very complicated procedure. You can use your toothbrush if you wish. Start by scrubbing your tongue at the back and working your way slowly to the front. Don’t forget to clean the sides of your tongue along with the top. You should remember that your tongue is made up of very small grooves that hold the bacteria, and your toothbrush is made to clean the relatively smooth surfaces of your teeth. You can also purchase a tongue brush that can reach into those grooves and remove the bacteria. You may also try using a tongue scraper. To use a tongue scraper, you again, start at the back and gently pull the scraper forward to remove the bacteria. Whatever you use, you should rinse your mouth, your brush or scraper when you are done.

Part of keeping your mouth and tongue healthy is basic dental care. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. You should see your dentist, Dr. Morgan Smith, every six months for your regular cleanings and exams. If you live in the Murray, Utah area and would like to make an appointment at Smith Family Dental call phone today and let’s get you started on a happy, healthy smile!