Brushing and flossing are often seen as the only tasks that need to be involved in daily dental care. But, at the Edmonton dental clinics of the Azarko Dental Group, we have also seen the benefits of incorporating tongue cleaning into your daily dental care routine.
There are two ways to clean the tongue. Some people prefer a brush and some prefer a tongue scraper, while others use a combination of both. Before describing how tongue cleaning is done, however, let's take a look at some of its benefits.
The Benefits of Tongue Cleaning
We brush in order to remove bacteria from our teeth and gums, but there is plenty of bacteria that can be found on the tongue as well. Taking the time to remove this bacteria can result in:
- Better breath
Built-up tongue bacteria is a common source of bad breath, and bad breath can have a negative impact on your self-esteem and relationships. Cleaning the tongue can go a long way to improving your breath and boosting your self-esteem.
- Improved dental health
The bacteria on your tongue has only a short distance to go to settle on your teeth and gums, accelerating the development of dental health problems such as cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Keep your teeth healthy by removing all of the bacteria in your mouth at once.
- Improved immune system function
The tongue lies right at one of your body's main entry points, and as such plays a crucial role in the function of your immune system. Keeping it clean prevents the body from absorbing toxins and can help improve your overall health.
How to Brush Your Tongue
Brushing your tongue is as simple and straightforward as brushing your teeth. Just put a small dab of toothpaste on your brush and brush from the back to the front of your tongue. Make sure you brush gently, as using too much force is unnecessary and can cause irritation.
How to Use a Tongue Scraper
Some people choose to use a tongue scraper from time to time as they feel that it can provide a more thorough clean. To use a tongue scraper you just have to run it from the back to the front of your tongue for as many strokes as it takes to clean it completely. Make sure that you are rinsing the tongue scraper off once it has accumulated too much bacteria.
Need More Pointers? Ask at an Edmonton dentist Today
If you'd like to start incorporating a tongue cleaning in to your daily oral hygiene routine, but could use some more pointers, then don't hesitate to come and talk to an Edmonton dentist at one of the clinics of the Azarko Dental Group.
We'll let you know if you're doing it right, and we can also provide you with a full cleaning and examination at one of our two Edmonton locations:
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8
969 James MowattTrail SW
Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4