The Importance of Tongue Cleaning

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Cleaning your tongue is part of a healthy oral hygiene routine. Start the year 2019 with a strong knowledge of proper tongue cleaning. At Southwood Dental Studio, we teach our patients how to take care of their oral health, including how to clean their tongue.

tongue scraper or also known as tongue cleaner is an oral hygiene tool made for cleaning the surfaces of the tongue. You can buy a tongue scraper from your local drugstore. You can choose a plastic or metal tongue scraper depending on your preference. Tongue scraping is considered to be a fast way of removing food residues from your mouth, which if neglected can build up and cause halitosis (bad breath).

Clean Tongue Using a Tongue Scraper

Clean your tongue before or after brushing your teeth. When cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper, it is essential that you start scraping at the back of your tongue and slowly work your way forward to remove the food particles away from your mouth.

Rinse the scraper under warm water after each scrape of the tongue. Make sure you use light pressure when scraping your tongue to prevent bleeding. Concentrate on the centre, where the majority of the odour-causing bacteria resides.

In addition, clean the side and the back of your tongue to ensure that you remove all the food residues from your mouth. Rinse the tongue scraper before and after using it. Then, gargle with water or mouthwash after cleaning your tongue.

Cleaning your tongue is just as important as brushing and flossing your teeth. Make tongue cleaning a habit and start the coming New Year with ensuring a proper oral care routine which includes tongue cleaning. If you have questions about your dental care contact our dental office in London.

-Dr. Agrawal

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