It’s a mystery why brushing your tongue is an overlooked facet of oral hygiene. Bacteria, after all, reside everywhere inside your mouth – not just on your teeth. Some studies indicate as much as 40,000 bacteria rest on your tongue. By neglecting a thorough tongue cleaning, the germs in this area of your mouth will transfer to your teeth within hours of cleaning. Tongue brushing not only eliminates excess bacteria, but also helps stops foul breath. It adds only a few extra seconds to your brushing routine, so it’s well worth the time to keep your teeth and gums in optimum health.
How to Clean Your Tongue
When it comes to cleaning your tongue, either brushing or scraping will work. With the former, simply brush your tongue the way you brush your teeth. Brush both the top and bottom portion and reach as far back as possible. To avoid aggravation, use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Toothpaste is optional; you can also dip the brush in mouthwash, or just use the brush as it is. If you have bad breath, then dip your brush in a solution that contains zinc or chlorine dioxide. These compounds neutralize the sulfur in your mouth responsible for foul odor.
If brushing your tongue is simply too unpleasant due to a gag reflex, then try tongue scraping. Tongue scrapers can be purchased cheaply in the hygiene section of your local store. You can even use a spoon in place of a scraper. Simply moisten the back, place it on your tongue, and drive it forward. Rinse the spoon and repeat two to three times.
Don’t Neglect Regular Dental Visits
Brushing, flossing, rinsing, and tongue cleaning make up a fraction of your oral hygiene care. The rest lies in visiting your family dentist. If you don’t already have a clinic, then please contact Mukilteo Dental Arts. Our team comprises friendly endodontists and oral surgeons who provide a full range of services. As a part of your oral care for optimum health, our staff recommends making tongue brushing a part of your daily routine.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
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