Many patients have heard that brushing your tongue is important, but you may not know the health benefits and importance of it. Believe it or not, if you don’t keep your tongue looking and feeling healthy, you could lose the taste component in your taste buds, as well as its sensation. Family Smiles Dental Care believes their patients should understand every component of oral hygiene. Below you will find instructions and other information about keeping your tongue in perfect shape.
Brushing Your Tongue
Cleaning your tongue with a toothbrush is actually a good way to keep it hygienic. It can easily be done while cleaning your teeth.Just brush your tongue twice, all over. Don’t worry about brushing hard, it won’t make a difference in what plaque or residue brushes off. After brushing, be sure to rinse your mouth with mouthwash to make your breath smile fresh and clean!
Cleaning with a Tongue Scraper
Have you ever heard of a tongue scraper? It sounds familiar to most people, but most do not know that it can be very beneficial for your oral hygiene. Use the tongue scraper on the backside of the tongue dragging it to the front. Tongue scrapers help to remove the whitish/yellowish color that we all can relate to on our tongues. This is actually where harmful bacteria resides, as well as other food particles which can lead to bad breath. Feel free to scrape the tongue numerous times to get the desired effect you need.
Rinsing with Mouthwash
One you have brushed and scraped your tongue, gargle with mouthwash afterwards. Mouthwash is a great way to keep your tongue feeling healthy and sanitary. Mouthwash sterilizes your tongue, as well as your mouth and gums to destroy the bad breath particles.
Making brushing your tongue a habit can be very easy. Just involve the process into your daily teeth brushing routine and your good to go! For more information on how to ensure a healthy and clean mouth, contact our Rochester Hills office today at 248-853-2222.