Posted on 12/10/2019 by Beautiful Smiles Office
|The tongue is an integral part of the mouth and one of the major organs for sensory tasks. Sometimes just by looking at the tongue, you can know if your oral health is good or not.
Some infections are known to make themselves known through the tongue. Things like medications and aging can leave marks on your tongue, and that is why it is good to clean your tongue.
How often should the tongue be cleaned?
Most people believe that oral health is just about brushing the teeth and flossing. Cleaning the tongue is usually just as important. That's because if it's not cleaned, the tongue tends to harbor a lot of bacteria. If the cleanup is not done as thoroughly as possible, the buildup of bacteria causes the mouth to have an awful smell. The same bacteria on the tongue can easily cause plaque. That is why it is recommended that the tongue should be cleaned twice a day when you are cleaning your teeth.
During the cleaning process, ensure you do it lightly for two minutes using your toothbrush. Ideally, it is good to clean your tongue after every meal. This can, at times, prove to be difficult, so you can do it in the morning and before bed. During the day when you feel like you have a dry mouth or foul taste starting to form, do brush your mouth and tongue in the process as it will make a big difference.
During the cleaning process, make sure you concentrate on the back of the tongue as the front part usually cleans itself. Ensure you put toothpaste on the brush, then scrub from back to front. Do not forget the upper part and the sides of the tongue as well.
When you come in, we can tell you more about the health of you tongue and mouth in general. Depending on the results, we can then advise you on how the tongue should be cleaned amongst other dental hygiene practices.
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