Whether you pursue Invisalign clear braces, lingual braces or traditional adult braces as your choice for your oral care, one thing's for sure, you'll need to start paying more attention to your daily hygiene once your braces are on.

At Upper Eastside Orthodontists, we understand that making these essential tasks into lasting habits can be difficult, and with more responsibilities to take on, it can be easy to let some oral health basics fall by the wayside.

One regular activity that you need to remember is tongue cleaning. This activity, which can be done with a brush, mouthwash or tongue scraper, is just as important as other cleaning regimes, as the tongue can be a breeding ground for germs and bacteria.

To better remember to clean this part of your mouth regularly, try:

Setting reminders – Whether it's something as simple as placing a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or as complex as setting a calendar alarm on your smartphone, establishing reminders can help you better pay attention to this aspect of your oral care.

Displaying the necessities – Visual reminders can also be powerful. To get into the habit of rinsing with mouthwash or using your tongue scraper, displaying these products beside your toothbrush can be a simple trick that gets the job done.

Giving yourself rewards – Rewarding positive developments can be a powerful memory tool. As a result, feel free to treat yourself to a treat whenever you remember to incorporate tongue cleaning into your daily regimen. Even if it's something as simple as watching an extra five minutes of TV before bed, this handy trick can give you the incentive to remain healthy and active.

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