Most people know that they should brush their teeth twice a day and floss once, but what about cleaning your tongue? This is a simple part of oral health care that most people skip. South Denver dentist and prosthodontist Dr. John Chen recommends that his patients make it an essential part of their routine.
Your Tongue Is a Target for Bacteria
Your tongue is a great place for bacteria to accumulate, putting you at a higher risk of developing cavities and bad breath. Rinsing your tongue after your brush and floss is just not enough to get rid of this bacteria that tend to stick together on the tongue’s surface. Even using mouthwash won’t work. This might get rid of cells on the surface, but it won’t reach the inner cells that are still loaded with bacteria.
If you find that you still have bad breath even after brushing your tongue regularly, you should talk to your dentist about other causes.
Cleaning Your Tongue Properly
Although many people skip over this part of their routine oral care at home, cleaning your tongue properly is quick and easy. You should clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
Follow these simple steps using your soft-bristled toothbrush:
- Gently brush your tongue from side to side as well as back and forth
- Rinse thoroughly after brushing your tongue; rinsing with water is sufficient
Don’t brush too hard or you can cause tearing or ripping.
You can also use a device specifically designed for cleaning your tongue: a tongue scraper. These are available at most drugstores.
Call Uptown Comprehensive Dentistry and Prosthodontists Today
If you have questions about your oral health, or if you are simply overdue for an examination and cleaning, we invite you to call our south Denver practice and make an appointment with our dentist and prosthodontist Dr. Chen. We look forward to seeing you!