You brush your teeth at least twice every day, but how often do you brush your tongue? If the answer is never, it’s time to change that. Read on to learn why you should be taking better care of your tongue, and how you can.
The Benefits of Tongue Care
The tongue, a central part of your mouth, is often neglected during oral care. That neglect is misguided, however, as the bumpy texture of the tongue offers an enticing home for the bad stuff, so it’s prone to accumulation of bacteria. That harmful bacteria can up your chance for gum disease and tooth decay. In addition, the build-up on the tongue is one of the leading causes of halitosis, so tending to your tongue could very well be the solution to your bad breath. Other benefits to cleaning the tongue include the removal of unsightly stains that result from foods like wine and coffee, and maintaining the strength and efficacy of your taste buds.
To Brush or Scrape?
When it comes to tongue cleaning technique, you’ve actually got some options. If you want to keep it simple, no problem. A toothbrush works just fine for cleaning your tongue. With some toothpaste on the brush, start at the back of the tongue and work towards the tip. Use some pressure, but don’t push too hard. Some people feel that a tongue scraper gives them a better clean. Once again, without hurting yourself, you’ll want to use some pressure in order to achieve the best result. Whichever method you choose, we recommend turning to your tongue after you’ve brushed and flossed, but the order is ultimately up to you. Just don’t forget about your tongue!
We’re dedicated to keeping your whole mouth healthy. If you want to learn more about keeping it clean, contact us at Edgewater Dental Arts.