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Brush Up On Ways to Correct a Coated Tongue and Bad Breath

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Dentists warn about problems with your teeth and gums, but few mention concerns with your tongue and breath. If you’re dealing with a coated tongue, white tongue, or bad breath, use these helpful tips to bring them back to normal.

Causes of Tongue and Breath Problems

Have you experienced chronic bad breath lately? Do you have a white tongue or a coated tongue? You might be feeling fear and frustration, but there is likely nothing to worry about because these conditions are very normal. Bad breath, white tongue, and coated tongue are typically caused by the following:

  • Trapped food debris and bacteria on your tongue and teeth
  • Improper oral hygiene
  • Plaque buildup
  • Alcohol use
  • Tobacco use
  • Medication side effects
  • Some medical conditions

Brush Your Tongue

While there are various possible causes, the most common reason for bad breath, white tongue, and coated tongue is a buildup of plaque on the teeth and tongue. This plaque encourages bacteria to grow, which leads to the problems of bad breath, white tongue and coated tongue. To improve these conditions, you need to remove this plaque on a regular basis. This is why you should brush your tongue and teeth at least twice a day. Why should you brush your tongue? It’s the easiest way to cut down that plaque buildup. Now that you know why you should brush your tongue and teeth, follow these brushing basics.

How to Correctly Brush Your Tongue

  • Use a tongue scraper or your toothbrush.
  • If you use a toothbrush, be sure to rinse it let it and dry well before using it to brush your tongue.
  • Place a little toothpaste or mouthwash on the brush or scraper.
  • Brush your tongue gently from back to front.
  • Rinse with mouthwash after brushing.

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

  • Brush at least twice a day, with a gentle touch.
  • Brush all tooth surfaces to remove stains and hidden plaque.
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste.

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