Tongue hygiene

When we think of dentists, the first thought that comes to our mind is teeth. However, dentists also discuss the role tongue plays in maintaining oral health. We often underestimated tongue hygiene, and it goes unnoticed by many of us. But if the tongue is not cleaned properly, it might lead to serious oral issues. Oral concerns related to the tongue like cyst and cancer are often noticed at a dental checkup first of all.

Problem with unhygienic tongue

The tongue is home to a number of bacteria. An unhygienic tongue would signal your attention as your tongue determines your health’s status. A poorly cleaned tongue cannot only affect tongue but can also cause gum diseases. An uncleansed tongued can also be a cause of bad breath. Maintaining good tongue hygiene can reduce bad breaths and can save you from being embarrassed in front of others.

Maintaining tongue hygiene

A properly cleaned tongue would save you from many diseases and mouth irritation. Following are some of the ways through which the tongue can be kept clean:

  1. Often toothbrushes come with a tongue cleaner. Whenever you brush your teeth, clean your tongue as well. Some toothbrush has a tongue cleaner at the back of your regular brush.
  2. You can also scrape your tongue with a scraper with a gentle touch.
  3. A mouth wash is a good cleansing agent only for teeth but also for the tongue. Rinse your mouth with a mouth wash. This helps in controlling bad breath as well.
  4. Green tea acts as an active agent in reducing oral bacteria and eventually cleaning your tongue.

Waller Dental ensures that the dentists, while doing a regular dental checkup, also look for unusual changes in your tongue and suggest treatment or recommend you to a relevant specialist. If you wish to know more about how to maintain tongue hygiene, contact us on 936-372-2673.

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