Even if you’ve been diligent in your oral hygiene routine - brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly and dutifully visiting your dentist every six months - you could still be missing a step that helps keep your mouth clean and fresh.
Have you ever thought about tending to your tongue, the muscular organ in your mouth that allows you to taste and speak? Millions of bacteria can build up on your tongue over time, and these tongue bacteria can lead to bad breath.
One way to clean your tongue is by using a tongue scraper. You can buy many types of tongue cleaners, from plastic to metal, at your local convenience or grocery store. A reason we suggest you use a tongue scraper instead of your regular toothbrush is because your toothbrush’s bristles are specifically designed to clean the smooth surface of your teeth. Your tongue, on the other hand, has a rough surface covered in little bumps called papillae, so a regular toothbrush may not do a thorough cleaning job.
You can use a scraper before or after brushing your teeth. Your tongue is sensitive, so be sure to press the cleaner gently across your tongue. Other general cleaning tips include:
If your tongue begins to give off visual clues that it’s not healthy such as white, black or red discolouration or sores or pain that lasts for over two weeks, make an appointment with Dental Image Therapy Centres for treatment. We have two Winnipeg dental clinics at St. Vital Centre and Garden City Shopping Centre. Ready to take control of your oral health? Book an appointment with us today!
Maybe it's time for your and your family's regular checkup and cleaning, you have a toothache or you need to get your treatment plan going - whatever the reason, we're here to help you get your confident smile. Whether you're a new patient or a returning friend, we can't wait to see you at your next appointment at either of our Winnipeg clinics!Book Now