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How Often Do You Really Brush the Roof of Your Mouth?

Posted on 3/10/2020 by Emerson Todd Rowley, DMD
How Often Do You Really Brush the Roof of Your Mouth?Most people are familiar with the importance of brushing and flossing their teeth each day. You may even be aware of the proper way to brush your teeth to avoid decay.

However, many people aren't familiar with whether or not brushing the roof of their mouth is necessary. Below, we'll answer that question.

A lot of people brush their teeth and even their tongue, but forget about the roof of their mouth. You may be asking, “Is it really that important? It's not like I chew with the roof of my mouth.” While food does have only limited contact with the roof of your mouth, the bacteria inside of it doesn't. The Same bacteria that damages our teeth spreads and grows to the roof of our mouth, which is why you need to brush it.

The Health Benefits of Brushing the Roof of Your Mouth

Many of the same reasons people scrub their tongue are the same reasons you should be scrubbing the roof of your mouth. Brushing the roof of your mouth not only gets rid of harmful bacteria, but also it makes your breath fresher. This is because the bacteria up there creates the same bad smells as they do on the tongue. If you have bad morning breath, it may be because you're not brushing the roof of your mouth at night.

Brushing the roof of your mouth is an important step in your daily dental care. Not brushing the roof of your mouth provides a place for bacteria to grow. While it may take a few extra seconds to do so, it's definitely worth it. If you have any more questions about proper brushing technique, please give us a call. We'd love to help you with anything you need!
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