When it comes to teeth and gums, we are aware and conscious about keeping them clean by following our daily routine of brushing and flossing. But do we do the same when it comes to our tongue? Our tongue helps us in chewing and speaking clearly, and it also plays an essential part in our dental as well as overall health. Our tongue is shelter to ten thousand taste buds and is also often the most exposed and vulnerable areas for bacteria and acids. Our tongue’s surface, each tiny taste bud, and all other papillae make a great hiding place for both bacteria and acids as well.
Why Should You Take Care of Your Tongue?
Our tongue is in constant and direct contact with our teeth, and if the tongue is unclean and filled with bacteria, then all the micro-beings will be transferred right to our teeth and this increases the chances of tooth decay. A clean tongue also allows us to taste our food better. Keeping your tongue clean is another way of keeping your breath smelling fresh. The germs that are trapped on your tongue can cause bad breath and affect your sense of taste. And if the bacteria proliferate, it can turn your tongue white, yellow, or even black.
How Should You Take Care of Your Tongue?
Whenever you brush your teeth, spare a few extra seconds to brush your tongue as well. You just need to stick your tongue out and then gently scrub it with your toothbrush. An alternative tongue-cleaning solution may be by using the tongue scraper. This simple tongue-cleaning tool gently removes the bacteria from the surface of the tongue and this is easier to use for those who have sensitive gag reflexes. You can get tongue scrapers in various shapes and sizes. Make it a routine and a habit to clean your tongue regularly.
Let Us Discuss Some Special Cases
If a tongue has been neglected for a long time, its texture may become coated and crusty. You might notice this in people who have issues with physical dexterity or those who depend on others for their oral care, or those who are mouth breathers. Also, people who are on medications may be more likely to have a coated tongue and also, a dry mouth. If your tongue is too dry when you are trying to scrape it, then you might damage the tissue. You can try brushing after cleaning your teeth, this way your mouth will remain moist.
If you have any concerns regarding your tongue, gums, or teeth, contact Expressions Dental™ Clinic in Calgary and our dentists will examine and discusses causes and treatment. You can make an appointment at +1 (403) 252 7733.