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How Often Do You Need to Brush the Roof of Your Mouth?

Posted on 4/20/2017 by Brandon Cooley
A woman about to brush the roof of her mouth.
Wow, taking care of your teeth is becoming complicated, isn't it? First you thought all you had to do was brush your teeth a couple of times a day and you would have done your job.

Then you were told that wasn't enough, you should floss too. And then there are your gums.

You should angle your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle when brushing near your gums so you can get the debris that may be hiding there. Then you are told that your tongue is an issue too. And now, it seems that you must also brush the roof of your mouth.

What Do You Have to Do for Good Dental Hygiene?

Here's the deal. Your oral health is dependent on many factors. Your oral cavity (your mouth) has many components that work in tandem to keep your teeth healthy. Your saliva washes the bacteria from your teeth in between your brushings.

If you have dry mouth you don't produce enough saliva and you end up with a coating that could be on the roof of your mouth, your tongue and even your cheeks. This is why each time you brush your teeth you should also brush the roof of your mouth, particularly if you detect that there seems to be a film covering it. This film contains the bacteria that you must get rid of to protect your teeth.

So what do you do? First get yourself a soft toothbrush. These are better for your teeth and prevent excessive abrasive action from occurring and weakening your tooth enamel. Next, you should gently, gently brush every surface of your teeth.

When you have finished, gently brush your cheeks (inside) and the roof of your mouth. Don't scrub, you just want to disrupt the areas in which the bacteria are hiding. When you are finished, rinse thoroughly with mouthwash.

Please contact our office if you have any questions about your oral heath.
As a patient, three things stand out to me about Cooley Smiles - the great quality dental work, the cleanliness of the facility and thorough follow up. These are major differentiators that I look for in dental providers and to-date, I've always been satisfied with my experience. Thanks for the great patient care, Cooley Smiles team!

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