Dental Tips Blog

Mar
8

Don’t Forget To Clean Your Tongue

Do you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly? That’s wonderful, but you still might not be adequately cleaning your mouth! Did you know that the tongue contains more bacteria than any other part of your body? If you’re not cleaning your tongue, then you might suffer from bad breath, an increase in tooth decay and your tongue will look unattractive when you’re laughing. If that makes you cringe, there are several tips to help you maintain proper tongue hygiene.

  • Use your toothbrush! Brush away the food particles and bacteria that’s harbored on the bumpy surface and mucus of your tongue. Use a small amount of toothpaste and beginning at the back of your tongue, gently, but firmly, brush the entire top surface of your tongue. Some toothbrushes even have a tongue cleaner built in. When you’re finished, rinse with water.
  • Use a tongue scraper for a more thorough tongue cleaning. This soft, flexible tool gently lifts off the buildup of debris and bacteria from your tongue.  Extend your tongue and scrape from back to front, being sure not to break the skin. Rinse your mouth and your scraper frequently.

Once your tongue is clean, rinse your mouth with a mouthwash to remove any lingering residue and freshen your breath. Take care to avoid alcoholic mouthrinses, as they can alter the natural flora inside of your mouth.

When Should You Clean Your Tongue?

Cleaning your tongue first thing in the morning, before eating or drinking, and again before bed. Your food might even taste better!

A quick oral exam can screen for potential infections over the surface of your tongue. Call your dentist today to schedule an appointment for the healthiest, freshest smile possible.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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