How often should tongue cleaning be performed?

The ADA recommends brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each. During this process, you should also lightly brush your tongue. This removes any excess plaque and odor-causing bacteria.
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Tongue cleaning should be done every time you brush your teeth and floss. Ideally this should be after every meal and at bedtime. If you cannot brush your tongue after every meal, then the most important time is before you go to bed.

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Healthy Oral Hygiene

Healthy Oral Hygiene

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily constitute the basics of good oral hygiene. Keeping other parts of your mouth, such as your gums, healthy can benefit your overall health by preventing the spread of germs and dis...

ease. At-home care should be supplemented by professional care. When plaque or tartar develops, a dentist or oral hygienist will use special tools to scrape (scale) the teeth clean without damage. Flouride treatment can help keep teeth cavity-free. Learn more about healthy oral hygiene with expert advice from Sharecare.
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