It is essential to include your tongue in your oral health routine. It’s an integral part of our digestive system and allows us to speak, eat, taste, and chew.
Taking care of your tongue
The tongue can hold a lot of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Neglecting your tongue means that all these bacteria will stay in your mouth, which can cause cavities.
How to clean your tongue:
Cleaning the tongue can be done in two simple ways:
- Brushing: After brushing your teeth, clean the toothbrush and brush your tongue with gentle strokes. It helps remove bacteria and remnant food particles.
- Tongue scraper: Tongue scrapers are easier to use if you have a severe gag reflex. Scraping will gently remove the bacteria from the tongue’s surface.
Tips for maintaining a clean tongue:
- Drink water: Drinking water will keep your mouth and tongue fresh and help eliminate bacteria and food particles.
- Mouthwash: Mouthwashes will help to wash your tongue and kill any residual bacteria.
- Avoid smoking: Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause staining and affect how your food tastes.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding your tongue, gums, or teeth, contact our office at 440.354.0705 or schedule an appointment online.
Patrick J. Soria, DDS