If you brush your teeth every day, but still have questionable breath, you might be forgetting one simple thing: to brush your tongue! Cleaning your tongue daily can freshen your breath, reduce bacteria in your mouth, and so much more. Plus—it just makes you feel so much fresher. Learn more about why tongue cleaning is an essential part of the dental hygiene routine and how to correctly do so from your local dentist.
Why Is Cleaning Your Tongue Critical to Your Hygiene Routine?
Little do people know, your tongue is actually a vital component of your mouth. The tongue is made up of a group of muscles that work to help you speak clearly and thoroughly enjoy your food with the help of your taste buds. However, those same taste buds can harbor dental bacteria that can cause stinky breath and dental concerns.
Just as any dental bacteria can build up on and between teeth, bacteria can fester on the tongue, too. You may be surprised to learn that the tongue holds over half of the bacteria that are currently in your mouth. The tongue has many little bumps on it technically known as papillae. The odor-causing microbes can settle between those bumps if your tongue isn’t properly cleaned daily.
Learn How to Properly Clean Your Tongue
For a quick clean at morning and night, you can scrub your tongue with your toothbrush and a little toothpaste This is how most patients do it, but it doesn’t help to get rid of all the bacteria that may be harboring on your tongue. There are also other things you can do, like invest in a tongue scraper.
A tongue scraper is specialized to clean that specific part of your mouth. All you must do is place the tool at the back of your tongue and pull it forward, removing all the nasty dental debris that have been sitting on your tongue. You don’t have to do it abrasively, as the design of the tool is made to make tongue cleaning easy to do.
Also, don’t forget the sides of the tongue, and not just the middle! Be sure to clean your dental tools by rinsing them off after each and every use.
Your Dentist is Here to Help You!
Just like you can’t get your teeth entirely clean all alone, your tongue should also be professionally cleaned from time to time. During your preventive care appointments, ask them about tongue cleaning and how you can improve your dental care at home.
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At Monarch Smiles, we’re committed to offering exceptional dental care for all our patients, despite their oral health problems. Distasteful breath is nothing to be embarrassed about, rather it’s a concern that needs necessary dental care! Let us help you recover your optimal oral health.