Should Your Child Brush Their Tongue?

Any New York dentist will tell you that it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day. It’s important for you and for your child. But while you are helping them develop the habit of brushing their teeth, you may want to give the same attention to brushing the tongue? Why is that? The tongue is an ideal breeding ground for bacteria. When it is not brushed, bacteria builds up and forms a sort of living film. This can lead to issues for you and your child. They are more likely to develop things like bad breath, periodontal disease, cavities, and all exact same things that can come from not brushing your teeth.

When to Brush the Tongue

You should be brushing your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Fortunately, this isn’t very difficult. Your child can learn how to add it to their daily oral routine early on and avoid a lot of problems down the road. If you are brushing your child’s teeth for them, all you need to do is scrub their tongue using a back and forth and left to right motion with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be careful about brushing too hard and breaking their skin. Tongue scrapers might also help when they get a little older, but most of the time you can greatly reduce the number of bacteria in the mouth with just a toothbrush.

When to Call the Dentist

If you are brushing your child’s tongue, or they are old enough to brush it themselves, but you still notice they have frequent bad breath, it’s a good idea to call the dentist. Bad breath can be caused by a few other underlying conditions that need to be checked out and caught as early as possible. As always if you have any questions about how to take care of your tongue or your teeth, contact Dr. Shiva Basir at Upper East Side Kids Dentist.