Cleaning Your Tongue for Better Oral Health

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Are you suffering from bad breath? Are your taste buds dull? If you are diligently brushing and flossing your teeth every day and still have bad breath, the culprit might be your tongue!

The University of Michigan’s School of Medicine found that a third of the bacteria on people’s tongues were not growing on any other surface of their mouths. As you can imagine this causes bad breath, plaque buildup, and unhealthy gums. This bacterial coating comes from trapped germs on the tongue.

How often should you clean your tongue? At the very least once a day is good enough, but really any time you brush your teeth is a good time to clean the tongue.

What to use to clean your tongue? You can experiment with a soft-bristled toothbrush, a rubbery nibbed tongue scraper or even an spoon, turned upside and moistened with some warm water.

Cleaning Your Tongue:

 First, stick out your tongue and look for any surface coating. This is what you want to remove.

 Begin at the back of the tongue and work towards the front. Use gentle pressure to avoid setting off the gag-reflex. The front part of your tongue is way cleaner than the back part since it is constantly touching the hard palate and teeth all day, removing debris, while the back of the tongue only touches the soft palate and doesn’t generate enough movement to cleanse effectively.

 You can brush your tongue gently with a toothbrush and rinse well with water or use a

 Tongue scraper (or spoon) with light pressure to remove mucus-based debris (rinse the scraper when done)

That’s all there is to it! If you want to gross yourself out, you can smell what you scrape off to see what your breath smells like to the people you talk to…

Please feel free to call us anytime if you have any questions about your oral health 214-824-2130!