Tongue Health Advice from Lynn Dental Care
While the health and care of our patients’ teeth is a primary concern for us here at Lynn Dental Care, we also care about the overall health of your entire mouth. One part of the mouth that often gets overlooked when talking about oral health is the tongue. The tongue is vital for eating, drinking, speaking, and more. Neglecting the care of your tongue means that your overall oral health is not as good as it could be. In today’s Lynn Dental Care blog, our Lynn Dental Care team explains why it is important to clean your tongue regularly, and what the best practices are to clean your tongue.
Why Do I Need to Clean My Tongue?
The tongue is an integral part of the mouth. Because we use it whenever we eat, drink, or speak, bacteria and food debris can build up on the tongue very quickly. This bacteria and buildup can cause bad breath and can transfer back onto your teeth and gums after they have been cleaned, causing more issues for the overall health of your mouth. Luckily, getting into the habit of regularly cleaning your tongue will significantly improve your overall oral health.
Cleaning your tongue regularly does not have to be a complicated process. After you brush your teeth, use your toothbrush to clean the entire surface of your tongue, using steady pressure throughout to break through the thin layer of mucus and remove any stubborn particles and bacteria. Then rinse your mouth with water (and mouthwash if you prefer). This simple extra step in your typical brushing routine can help tremendously with bacteria buildup in your mouth.
Another easy option for cleaning your tongue is using a tongue scraper. Typically, scrapers are made of a soft and flexible plastic that removes the thin layer of debris that rests on your tongue. When using a scraper, stick your tongue out and, starting at the back of the tongue, gently scrape your tongue using light pressure. Be sure to rinse the scraper with warm water after every swipe.
Complete Oral Health with Lynn Dental Care
At Lynn Dental Care, we care about every aspect of your oral health. We provide top-quality general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry services for all of our patients. We also offer orthodontics and periodontist services to provide the most comprehensive care for our Lynn Dental Care patients. For more information on any of the services we offer to the Dallas area, check out the Lynn Dental Care website. To schedule an appointment, call our Dallas dentist office at 972-934-1400. Let us help you keep your oral health on track. Schedule your appointment today!