You might have heard that you should be cleaning your tongue for good oral health. If this is news to you, then you’ve probably been brushing your teeth and gums for all of these years but ignoring your tongue in the process. Not to worry! This is not something you can’t change. Of course, we do encourage you to change it. “But I don’t like the feeling of bristles on my tongue!” you might respond. Rest assured, we can answer questions and guide you through the whole tongue cleansing process. Let’s go!
First, You Don’t Need A Brush
Yes, you may brush your tongue. If this is comfortable to you, then by all means add it into your usual routine. Brush teeth, gums, and along your tongue, too, for good oral health. However, if this is something you cannot even think about doing once, let alone on a regular basis, then don’t stress out. You can choose to rely on a tongue cleaner (or tongue scraper) instead. It’s bristle free and composed of smooth plastic. It will remove food particles and bacteria that don’t come off with rinsing alone.
Next, Understand Why It’s Important
Now, you know that you should be dragging your brush or scraper along your tongue (back to front) to keep it clean. However, you might not understand why it’s so important. We’re happy to share! When you leave all of that bacteria where it is, you’re not doing your oral health any major favors. Instead, you’re increasing the chance of problems associated with plaque, such as gingivitis, decay, and especially bad breath.
Learn More About Optimal Dental Hygiene
Find out more regarding how to best care for your smile, so your oral health stays healthy and your breath remains fresh. If you’re ready to learn about your candidacy for dental implants, contact our practice in Frisco, TX today. Schedule a visit by calling Prisma Dental at (972) 668-7398.
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