January 1, 2019
Did you know there are over 700 different bacteria species that live in your mouth? If they are not removed, it can lead to several oral health issues, like tooth decay and gum disease. To reduce the accumulations, you brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night, but you may be overlooking a vital area in your mouth—your tongue. Your tongue needs to be cleaned daily or certain complications can arise. Your dentist in Coral Gables, Dr. Jose A. Bushdid has the information you need to care for your tongue properly.
Why Do I Need to Clean My Tongue?
Your tongue is a major feature in your mouth that makes it possible for you to eat and speak. It plays an integral part of your life. Although you often do not give it a second thought, it needs to be cared for properly.
Throughout the day, bacteria, dead skin cells, and food particles collect on your tongue. If they are not removed, a white discoloration form. When your tongue is left uncleaned, it can redeposit the residue on your teeth and gums, even after you have brushed and flossed.
The bacteria can lead to several issues, such as:
- Increased plaque and tartar buildup on the teeth.
- Bad breath.
- Decreased taste sensation.
- Black hairy tongue from staining.
- Oral yeast infections.
- Periodontal disease.
To reduce your risk of these complications, it is best to take the time to clean your tongue each day.
How Do I Clean My Tongue?
Cleaning your tongue is simple and should be done daily. There are one of two way you can do it: with your toothbrush or scraping.
Using your moistened toothbrush, gently scrub your tongue from the back to the tip. It is best to use a small amount of toothpaste while doing it; however, be sure to rinse your mouth after to remove any residue. In addition to your tongue, gently clean your cheeks and the roof of your mouth as well.
A tongue scraper is an oral device that is glided along the surface of your tongue to remove mucus, bacteria, and debris. It is best to start at the back of the tongue and slide it to the tip. You may need to rinse the scraper and repeat the process several times to ensure your tongue has been cleaned properly.
No matter the method you use, be careful not to push too hard or you may irritate or injure the tissue.
Protect Your Smile
While you strive to promote the health of your teeth and gums, do not forget about your tongue. Take the time to clean it every day.
About Dr. Jose A. Bushdid
Dr. Jose A. Bushdid is a respected member of the dental community due to his extensive training, qualifications, and experience. He delivers personalized solutions to help his patients achieve optimal oral health. He will help to keep your smile healthy through preventive care. Contact Bushdid Smiles today to schedule an appointment.
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