As we mentioned in past posts, your tongue is a big part of your oral health, and it can be a great indicator of how healthy your mouth actually is. Because of that, taking proper care of your tongue is important. Though often ignored, tongues need to be kept clean – especially to ward off bad breath due to bacteria from the foods we eat.
Unsure of how to properly care for your tongue? As always, we’re here to help!
Brushing – The easiest way to clean your tongue can be done while you’re brushing your teeth each day. Gently brush your tongue as far back as you can, cleaning off the build-up that often appears as a white film.
Scraping – Tongue scrapers are another effective way to remove build-up. These are small devices, usually metal, in a u-shape. You place them at the back of the tongue and scrape forward, cleaning off the tongue. Always remember to keep your tongue scraper well-rinsed.
Drinking – A dry mouth is a hotbed of bacteria, and makes a very welcome home for bad breath. Drinking water regularly through the day will help to rinse out the mouth and help to keep the tongue clean.
Rinsing – Another way to rinse your tongue, along with drinking water, is by using mouthwash. This can be beneficial as a part of your oral hygiene routine. After brushing, flossing, and then brushing or scraping the tongue, use a mouthwash to give your mouth one final mode of defense against bacteria and tongue build-up.
Monitoring – While this step isn’t technically a way to keep your tongue clean, it is always a good idea to keep an eye on your tongue to ensure there are no underlying problems. Your tongue should be pink, clean, and covered in small bumps. When you notice any changes, be sure to tell your dentist.
If you have any questions about the best way to keep your tongue clean and to prevent halitosis, we’re happy to advise you during your next appointment at Southeast Dental in Markham. Give us a call today to book (905-471-2002) or visit our website to book online.