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2 Tips Tuesday: Fluoride Toothpaste and Brushing Your Tongue

Grove City Center for Dentistry 2 Tips Tuesday Fluoride Tips

Watch and Learn Why You Should Use Fluoride Toothpaste and Brush Your Tongue!

Watch Brittni, our GCCD Expanded Functions Dental Assistant, explain why you should use fluoride toothpaste and always brush your tongue during our first 2 Tips Tuesday video.

Tip 1: Why You Should Use Fluoride Toothpaste

Do you ever wonder what type of toothpaste to use? When it comes to toothpaste, there are more important elements than choosing whitening, or flavor. Any type that you use, you should always make sure that you use Fluoride. Fluoride is the leading defense against tooth decay. It provides a protective barrier that fights against tooth decay and germs. 

More Tooth Truths About Fluoride Toothpaste

According to Oral B, fluoride helps break down of tooth decay by slowing down the natural breakdown of your enamel while increasing your teeth's natural remineralization process. When your teeth start to decay, weak spots can form on your teeth, causing cavities. Fluoride toothpastes help strengthen and protect those weak spots and exposed roots.

Using an electric toothbrush and drinking fluoridated water also helps prevent tooth decay and cavities.

Tip 2: Why You Should Brush Your Tongue

For my second tip, never neglect your tongue! Just like your teeth can build plaque, so can your tongue. That can lead to bad breath and other oral health issues. So any time you’re brushing your teeth, make sure you’re brushing your tongue! Happy smiles!

More Tooth Truths About Brushing Your Tongue

According to Colgate, bacteria doesn't just form on your teeth and gums. It also forms on your tongue. Brushing your tongue removes that bacteria.

How to Clean Your Tongue

There are two ways to effectively clean your tongue.
  • Just like you brush your teeth, use a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush.  Then, move front and back over your tongue.
  • You’ll know you’re finished brushing your tongue when any discolored particles are gone and your tongue is a healthy shade of pink.
  • You should brush your tongue every day, just like your teeth and gums. Add brushing your tongue to your twice-daily dental care routine. 
Tongue Scraping
  • You can also use a tongue scraper to clean your tongue. Your tongue is sensitive, so remember to be gentle.
  • Place the tongue scraper at the back of your tongue and move it forward toward the opening of your mouth.
  • Rinse your mouth (with fluoridated water) to remove any remaining debris.
Grove City Center for Dentistry Sleep Bryan Simone DDS and Kyle Lowe DDS