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Cleaning Your Tongue – An Easier Business Than You Thought!

Monday, November 16th, 2015

2823674_blogMany people neglect their tongue when they clean their mouths, either simply from not knowing it should be cleaned or from not knowing the correct way to clean it. Many people simply don’t see the point in thoroughly cleaning their tongue, but it is actually strongly recommended by dentists.

It is advised to brush your teeth twice a day to dislodge plaque and food debris from your teeth and gums and to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. In comparison, the smooth surface of your tongue makes it hard for plaque to take root and it is often washed away by saliva. As such it isn’t as necessary to clean your tongue as often in regards to preventing gum and tooth decay.

So why should I clean my tongue?

The main reason it is advised to clean the tongue is to prevent bad breath. Although it is very hard for plaque to get a foothold on the tongue, bacteria that can cause bad breath is often found at the rear of the tongue, towards the throat. Although not dangerous in the same way as plaque, this can lead to very poor smelling breath if it is allowed to build up.

How should I clean my tongue?

Using a regular toothbrush on your tongue at the same time as you brush your teeth is an effective and simple way of getting rid of bacteria. When you brush your tongue you don’t need to put too much force behind it, this could cause more damage than good. Because the area mostly affected by this bacteria is the back of the tongue, using a toothbrush can sometimes make you gag. To stop this, specifically designed tongue cleaners known as tongue scrapers can be bought from many pharmacies or supermarkets.

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Anyone who is suffering from bad breath should clean their tongue on a regular basis if they are not already doing so as it is one of the leading reasons for bad breath. It should also be remembered that the best way to go about this is to clean the very back of the tongue, using either a toothbrush or a tongue scraper.

Why Taking Care of Your Tongue is So Important

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

357249_blogYou may assume that brushing your teeth is enough to keep oral health diseases at bay, however bacteria is present in all areas of the mouth and it is important to keep your tongue and gums clean, as well as your teeth.

Brushing and cleansing your tongue

You may be unaware but the back of your tongue has the highest concentration of microorganisms in your mouth and therefore keeping it clean is of vital importance. These microorganisms can contribute to oral health conditions, such as gum disease and decay, as well as bad breath (also known as halitosis). This is a very common problem, affecting 90% of people at some point in their lives.

Cleaning your tongue can help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay and keep your mouth feeling and smelling fresh and clean. You can use a traditional toothbrush and toothpaste to clean your tongue, but it is better to use a special tongue cleanser. Research shows that tongue cleansers are seven times more effective in reducing bacteria associated with bad breath than using a toothbrush alone.

Why is tongue cleansing important?

The tongue is a hotspot for bacteria and bacteria contribute to bad breath and oral health diseases. Removing bacteria helps to reduce the risk of these conditions and also keeps the mouth smelling fresh. Bad breath is a very common problem and can affect people’s confidence and the way they behave around other people. In the vast majority of cases bad breath reflects problems in the mouth and it is advisable to see your dentist.

Adding tongue cleansing to your usual oral hygiene routine will help to protect your teeth and gums from disease and ensure that you enjoy good oral health.

Keep Bad Breath at Bay with Tongue Cleaning from City of Leeds Dentist

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Is your breath starting to smell? A major cause of bad breath is the build up of food particles and bacteria on the surface of the tongue. Your City of Leeds dentist recommends tongue cleaning regularly in order to reduce the nasty side effects of a dirty tongue. Having bad breath is unpleasant enough; there are other serious consequences to not cleaning your tongue. Any bacteria or fungi that breeds unhindered on the surface of the tongue can spread to the gums causing gum disease and major consequences.

There are different types of tongue cleaners available, your dentist will be able to suggest one that would be suitable for you. One type is a nylon or plastic wire, like a stronger version of dental floss, which is held in a plastic prong. Placing this at the back of your tongue and running along the surface all the way to the front will scrap much of the build up of material. Other tongue cleaners are simply plastic scrappers that can be run along the tongue to remove excess food and bacteria. Some tooth brushes have a simple tongue cleaner on the back of the head in order to clean your tongue when brushing your teeth.

Stop the spread of bacteria and other harmful material to the rest of your mouth today by regularly cleaning your tongue. Do this alongside brushing your teeth, flossing and maintaining a healthy diet and you should prevent the majority of dental and oral health problems.