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

Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Elderly white couple smiling and brushing their teeth in the bathroom mirror.When brushing, most people only focus on their teeth and ignore other areas in the mouth. As much as brushing your teeth is essential, it can result in nothing if you fail to brush and clean other areas in your mouth. Parts like your gums and tongue can be ideal areas for bacteria to thrive, and failing to clean them can still cause infections. This underlines the importance of brushing your mouth instead of just your teeth. Other than brushing your teeth, remember to brush your gums, tongue, and lips.


The gums support your teeth, which can also be affected by bacteria. When the gums are ignored and not cleaned regularly, severe dental problems like gingivitis can occur. You can maintain good gum hygiene by brushing them regularly like you do with your teeth. We also recommend flossing your teeth to remove plaque or debris left beneath your gum line and between the teeth.


This is another crucial part of your mouth that needs regular cleaning. Traps of bacteria can survive on your tongue, leading to infections and other oral conditions. You can take care of your mouth through regular brushing and rinsing. Remember, the tongue is a flexible part of your mouth that constantly interacts with your teeth and gums. Failing to clean it will cancel your efforts to maintain good oral health. It will collect lots of harmful bacteria that not only put your oral health at risk but also affect your hygiene. This makes cleaning your tongue very important.


The inner side of your lips can be a potential breeding ground for bacteria. Your teeth and gums are also in constant contact with the lips, making it easy for bacteria to spread. Therefore, it is important to brush your lips when cleaning your mouth. This helps eliminate the risk of developing oral problems. Using fluoride mouthwash can also ensure that the inner side of your lips is free from any bacteria. Visit our offices for more information on the importance of brushing your entire mouth instead of only brushing your teeth.

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Murphy, TX 75094

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