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Why You Should Be Brushing Your Entire Mouth Instead of Just Your Teeth

Posted on 1/24/2022 by Evan
Why You Should Be Brushing Your Entire Mouth Instead of Just Your TeethMost people only focus on their teeth when brushing. They tend to ignore other parts of the mouth for one reason or another. As much as brushing your teeth is important and helps prevent infections, it might not be effective if you don't brush other parts of your mouth. Parts like the tongue and gums are a haven for bacteria and leaving them uncleaned could trigger infections. Therefore, it is necessary to clean other mouth parts apart from your teeth. Some of the other areas you should clean include:


The gums are a dominant part of your mouth. They support your teeth, meaning they are in very close proximity. If you don't brush your gums or clean them thoroughly, you risk developing severe oral conditions like gingivitis. We advise that you maintain good gum hygiene by brushing them regularly. We also recommend that you floss your mouth regularly to prevent bacteria from spreading to your gums. This will help keep your mouth in excellent condition.


The lips are also an essential part of your mouth, like your gums. It would help if you cleaned them thoroughly to avoid the spread of infections. When you brush or rinse your mouth, you should also ensure that your lips are in good condition. This will guarantee healthy living and good oral health.


The tongue is in a strategic position in your mouth that could see it accumulate a lot of bacteria. Therefore, you need to brush your tongue as regularly as you brush your teeth. Failure to do so, bacteria will accumulate on your tongue and risk developing infections. It would help if you also rinsed it after brushing to ensure all the bacteria had been removed. Schedule a consultative appointment with us for more information on why you should brush other parts of your mouth.

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