When Is the Last Time You Brushed the Roof of Your Mouth?
Posted on 5/25/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
Have you brushed the roof of your mouth lately? Many people don't think to brush this part of their mouth. Food may seem like it never reaches the top part of the mouth, after all, so why should it need to be brushed? You probably spend a good amount of time brushing your teeth, your gums, and even your tongue, but you don't hit the roof.
Why Does it Need to Be Brushed?
Bacteria is capable of sticking to any surface in your mouth. This includes your teeth, gums, tongue, cheeks, and yes, the roof of your mouth. If you're not brushing it, you're leaving bacteria in the mouth that can cause a number of issues. A quick swipe of your toothbrush over the roof of your mouth and the inside of your cheeks can help remove a lot of this bacteria. Be sure you cover the entire surface with your brush. You don't want to miss even one little part because the bacteria there will multiply.
Do You Have Dry Mouth?
If you have dry mouth, it's even more important to brush the roof of your mouth. Normally, saliva will help remove the bacteria that have collected on the roof of your mouth. With dry mouth, though, you don't have that saliva. You need to be sure to brush the roof of your mouth to get rid of this bacteria or at least use mouth wash to simulate saliva.
Have You Noticed a Coating on the Roof of Your Mouth?
If you've noticed that you've developed a coating on the roof of your mouth, it means you haven't brushed it recently and now a good-sized layer of bacteria has collected there. You need to make certain to brush this area as soon as you can. Be sure you use a soft toothbrush, too. A harder brush could irritate the surface.
Of course, don't forget to come visit us regularly. We will examine your entire mouth and clean it thoroughly. Call today to make an appointment if you don't have one already.