Dental Tips Blog

Aug
21

Are You Skipping This Important Part of Your Oral Hygiene Routine?

Floss, brush, rinse. If you’re checking all these activities off your to-do list each day, then you’re already in great shape.

But something more may be needed: tongue cleaning.

Why You Should Be Cleaning Your Tongue

Your tongue is a collection of muscles that help you speak, eat, and taste. It’s also a vast surface area for plaque bacteria to collect on and create bad breath. Cleaning your tongue every day comes with these benefits:

  • Fresher breath
  • Less bacteria in the mouth to cause cavities and gum disease
  • Enhanced sense of taste
  • A healthy-looking pink tongue

How to Clean Your Tongue

Start by brushing your tongue with your toothbrush after you’re done with your teeth. The toothpaste residue will help loosen bacteria, prevent plaque, and freshen breath. You only need light pressure to clean your tongue with a toothbrush. If you have a sensitive gag-reflex, try exhaling slowly out your mouth while your brush is in contact with your tongue.

Next step up is an actual tongue cleaner. A cleaner is often a thin flexible strip of plastic suspended on a toothbrush-like handle. You may choose to use this only in the morning or twice a day, either before or after brushing. Gently scrape your tongue from back to front, concentrating on the middle area and rinsing the scraper after each pass.

End your routine with a refreshing antibacterial mouthrinse. But beware – many rinses contain alcohol which can dry out your mouth and cause more plaque and bad breath. So if dry mouth is a problem for you, stay away from strong minty mouthwash.

Schedule a visit with your local dentist to learn more about the benefits of tongue cleaning.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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