Don’t Let Tongue Cleaning Scare You!

If you have been brushing and flossing and using a mouthwash in your daily oral health regimen, you deserve a gold star! But did you know that your tongue is also a harbinger of the bacterial acids that cause tooth decay and possibly even tooth loss?

Yes, that delightful muscle that helps you swallow, taste your food and talk also likes to hold on to bacterial acids and debris even when your teeth are squeaky clean.

There are different ways to clean your tongue, and you can choose the one that works best for you. You can find tongue scrapers in your local drugstore that come in various shapes and sizes, and are relatively inexpensive.

To clean your tongue with the scraper, just start at the back of the mouth and gently move forward down the front. The back of the mouth is where the tongue is most heavily coated with dead cells and bacteria, and you want to gently scrape a few times to make sure it is clear.

Another way to clean your tongue is using a metal spoon, moistened with water and held upside down, and again, scraping from front to back a couple of times.

Your toothbrush will also work although because of its design it may not clean as thoroughly as a tongue scraper (or metal spoon), and might set off the gag reflex if you place it too far back. Just brush from front to back, and don’t forget the sides (back to front).

Whichever method you choose to clean your tongue, be sure and rinse well before and after use and disinfect it periodically by rinsing with food grade hydrogen peroxide.

Please call us at 360.200.6995 if you have any questions about keeping that smile of yours healthy and happy!