Should I Brush My Tongue?

You brush your teeth at least twice a day and you floss at least once a day, which means that your mouth is pretty darn clean, right? Wrong! If you aren’t brushing your tongue, you’re mouth isn’t nearly as clean as it could be. In fact, if you fail to brush your tongue, your dental health could be suffering, and suffering greatly.

Why is Brushing Your Tongue So Important

While brushing your teeth and flossing between them are certainly critical parts of oral hygiene, so is brushing your tongue. Why? Because there are so many germs and bacteria that accumulate on the surface of your tongue!

If you’re under the assumption that your tongue is a smooth surface, take a look at it. You’ll be surprised to find that it’s actually full of ridges, bumps, and cracks, and crevices. Bacteria and germs get trapped between trapped between your taste buds and all of the other spots, and unless you brush it, those germs and bacteria will multiply, which can have some pretty nasty repercussions. It can make your breath smell horrible and, believe it or not, it can increase the risk of tooth decay.

The Benefits of Brushing Your Teeth

You rinse your mouth out with water and mouthwash, so that should do the trick, right? Nope! When the bacteria and germs in your mouth mix with saliva, they create a biofilm, and rinsing isn’t enough to get rid of it. If you really want to get rid of that yucky stuff, you need to brush your tongue.

The benefits of regular tongue brushing include:

  • Fresher breath. If you’re suffering from chronic bad breath (halitosis), try brushing your tongue; it will be noticeably fresher. That’s because brushing will literally scrub off germs, bacteria, and biofilm, therefore, your breath will smell a whole lot better.
  • Improved dental health. Killing the germs and bacteria on your tongue will also make your teeth healthier. It will actually decrease your chances of developing gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental health issues.
  • Your food will taste better. Believe it or not, your food will taste much better when you brush your tongue. You’ll wash away that film that’s been covering your taste buds, so your food will be much more flavorful.
  • You’ll feel better. When your breath smells better, your mouth is healthier, and your food tastes better, you’ll feel a lot better.

Don’t forget to brush over your tongue every time you brush your teeth! You’ll notice a huge difference!

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Dear Valued Patient

Happy 2024! All of us at Regency Dental hope your year is off to a great start. As many of you have already witnessed, there are changes occurring within our practice for the past several months. Dr. Spanel is in a time of transition within the practice, and he has found a colleague who shares his core values, philosophy, and sense of personalized quality care. He was fortunate to find Dr. Dan Ellingson who is a wonderful, gentle dentist. Dr. Ellingson is a local graduate of Gross High School, UNO, and UNMC College of Dentistry. He has a strong commitment to our local community. Having this opportunity to own a private practice, Dr. Ellingson is eager to meet each of you. He and all staff members will continue working diligently to provide you with the same caring, calm and meticulous dental care you would expect to receive from Dr. Spanel.

As we continue to move forward in 2024 with this transition, we thank you for your trust, partnership, and patience as we welcome Dr. Ellingson to the practice. We have additional team members, and have updated our software programs to comply with HIPAA regulations of paperless charting. We are also updating our equipment to provide state-of-the-art care.

We all know that changes bring challenges. Please know that Dr. Spanel, Dr. Ellingson and the team at Regency Dental intend to provide you, our loyal patients, the very best dental care in a warm and compassionate atmosphere. If you haven’t scheduled your 2024 dental check-ups, please call us!

We look forward to seeing you again soon!


The Doctors and Staff at Regency Dental.