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How To Give Your Mouth A Deep Spring-Cleaning

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Spring is right around the corner, making many of us think about our spring-cleaning rituals. Did you think spring-cleaning is just for the house? It’s also a perfect time to give your mouth a deep cleanse too! Here’s what to do:

  • Take some time to brush your entire mouth. Many people only brush the front and back of their teeth. But this month, take the time to gently brush your roof, the insides of your cheeks, and your tongue. Remember: bacteria can end up anywhere in the mouth.
  • Use a tongue scraper, which can remove more bacteria than a toothbrush. They are inexpensive and easy to use. With the rounded edge, gently scrape your tongue using a few strokes.
  • If you use a manual toothbrush, consider upgrading to an electronic toothbrush. Studies show that electric toothbrushes remove more plaque and reduce gingivitis more effectively than manual brushes. Some electric toothbrushes even come with built in timers to help you brush for a full two minutes, and sensors that monitor how hard you’re brushing.

While you’re clearing out closets and scrubbing the kitchen, don’t forget to make your mouth squeaky-clean, too.