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The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice and flossing once each day. This is the foundation of an effective and consistent daily oral hygiene routine. When combined with your routine dental checkups at Dr. Carole Gleich DDS’s clinic, it can significantly reduce your chances of suffering cavities and gum disease.

Rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash or cleaning your tongue could also help freshen your breath and reduce plaque development.

You can easily clean your tongue after you are done brushing your teeth. Simply take your toothbrush and work it around the sides and surfaces of your tongue. This will help physically loosen some of the plaque and bacteria from the rough surfaces.

Some people also like to use a tongue scraper to help clean their tongue. This is a simple oral hygiene device that consists of a small plastic handle with a mildly sharp edge at the end. You work from front to back making multiple overlapping sweeps of your tongue. If a little material builds up on the edge of the tongue scraper you can rinse it away.

When you’re done brushing and flossing you can then vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash. This can help wash away any loosened plaque and kill bacteria.

If you live in the Shawnee Mission, Kansas, area and you have oral hygiene concerns, you should call 913-553-3046 to schedule a checkup at Mark S. Jensen DDS & Associates.