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Do You Brush Your Tongue? Marietta, GA

Do You Brush Your Tongue?

Did you know that you have more bacteria in your mouth than you do cells in your body? We all know that brushing our teeth and gums greatly reduces cavity-causing bacteria. However, a large portion of mouth bacteria lives on your tongue, not your teeth. If you diligently brush away bacteria and plaque on your teeth each day, yet neglect to brush your tongue, you may be sabotaging your own efforts. The bacteria left on the rough surface of your tongue will essentially be transferred right back onto your teeth in just hours after you’ve brushed.

Tongue brushing provides a generous reward. Not only do you eliminate harmful bacteria in your mouth that could potentially cause cavities and gum disease, but tongue brushing can also get rid of bad breath. Halitosis, or bad breath, is a chronic condition that differs from just temporarily having a bad mouth odor after consuming certain foods or drinks. If you suffer from bad breath on a daily basis, start brushing your tongue!

What is the best way to brush your tongue? Just like teeth, you do not want to only brush one side. Make sure you cover your top surface, sides and even underneath your tongue with a toothbrush. Although your tongue does have a somewhat rougher surface than your smooth tooth enamel, you do not need to brush too hard. Focus on more surface area rather than more force to successfully clear away bacteria on your tongue. Last but not least, don’t forget to rinse! Once you’ve loosened the bacteria from your tongue and teeth, finish the job by rinsing it away.

Dr. Gilreath of Gilreath Family Dentistry is committed to educating patients on the most effective ways to keep their teeth and gums healthy at home. If you have trouble brushing your tongue without gagging, you may choose to use a tongue scraper instead.


Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Gilreath IV, Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

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Based on 307 reviews


Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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