We all know it is important to brush our teeth at least twice a day eliminate bacteria and food debris from our mouth because the accumulation of plaque can generate great problems in the oral cavity such as gingivitis and dental decay. But most people neglect to clean one of the most prominent parts of the mouth… our tongue! Tongues also need to be cleaned just like teeth! Bacterias land in the surface of your tongue and can create several problems like bad breath (halitosis).
The question here is, how to do it? There are different techniques and products:
- Tongue cleaners. They are tools specifically designed to clean the tongue. They are usually adapted to the lingual surface, so that it can be scraped gently to remove the remains of bacteria.
- Mouthwash. The use of mouthwash after brushing is highly recommended, as it reaches areas difficult to access with the brush: interdental spaces, gum line, and the back of the tongue.
- Brushing. To clean the tongue you can also use the normal toothbrush. The key is to scrape the surface smoothly so as not to damage it with back-to-forward movements.
A good routine should be based on daily brushing after each meal, but you should at least brush before going to sleep and waking up. It is also important to supplement brushing with mouthwash and dental floss. If you lack a tongue cleaner you can also use a spoon to scrap it gently.
If you are experiencing bad breath (halitosis) you should come to your dentist and let her come up with a treatment plan to deal with the source of the odor. If you want to know more about what our dentists in Cancun Cosmetic Dentistry can do for you call toll free from USA and Canada 1-800-565-1424, or if you are already on vacation in Cancun and want to meet us, you can call us for an appointment at the following local number (998) 1-40-51-25.