Do You Remember to Always Brush the Roof of Your Mouth?
Posted on 11/9/2020 by Moyer Office
Our patients could be forgiven for thinking that good oral hygiene is nothing more than brushing one's teeth twice a day. Bacteria forms on virtually every surface on the mouth, including the inside of the cheeks and the roof of the mouth – also known as the palate. Good oral care must involve cleaning all of the mouth's surfaces, including the palate. And the primary reason that we recommend that our patients brush their palates is to prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria there. Call our office if you want a demonstration or advice on how to take care of your mouth.
Problems That Can Arise When We Forget to Brush Our Palate
Patients with dry mouth are susceptible to having bacteria gather on their palate. Our team recommends that patients brush their palate at least twice a day until the dry mouth subsides. When a dry mouth isn't brushed, the saliva that would normally remove bacteria is absent, and harmful bacteria can thrive. Another problem that can arise is a coating on the palate. The coating is a thick film of harmful bacteria that will require some manual effort or even a professional cleaning to remove.
Cleaning the Roof of Your Mouth
Cleaning your palate is a simple operation. After brushing your teeth, gently brush the surface of the palate, making sure that there is a bit of anti-bacterial toothpaste remaining on the brush. Do not scrub the palate, as this will cause abrasion damage; the goal is to disperse the bacteria forming on the palate. After brushing the palate, rinse with an anti-bacterial mouthwash.
If you have questions or concerns about your oral care regimen, call our office for a consultation. We will examine your mouth and provide suggestions on how to improve your oral care regimen.