Should I Be Cleaning My Tongue?

September 11, 2018

Nearly all of us learn how to brush and floss when we are children. Some people are taught to clean their tongue in this oral hygiene routine while some others are not taught to do that at all. So, the question stands. Do you need to clean your tongue every day? Do you need to clean your tongue ever? The short answer is yes, you should be cleaning your tongue. Your dental team in Olathe, Kansas can help you learn more hygiene techniques during your routine cleaning and exam. 

Clearing Away Bacteria

Your mouth is teeming with bacteria. Sure, this can seem terrifying, but most of your oral bacteria is healthy. However, harmful bacteria accumulates throughout each day when you eat and drink. Your tongue can house a lot of harmful bacteria. Bacteria that is living on your tongue has easy access to your gums and teeth. Harmful bacteria can collect along the gums to cause inflammation and gum disease. Harmful bacteria can collect on the surfaces of your teeth to cause acidic attacks on your enamel to cause tooth decay. The more harmful bacteria you remove from your smile, the easier your smile can remain healthy.

Tips on How to Do It

There are two main ways that you can clean your tongue: using your toothbrush or using a tongue scraper. To use your toothbrush, you will just use your toothbrush with a tiny bit of toothpaste to brush your tongue after you have brushed your teeth. While the name “tongue scraper” may sound scary, it is not. Most tongue scrapers are made of smooth plastic and when used gently can keep help keep your tongue clear of bacteria. If you have an easily triggered gag reflex, talk to your dentist or hygienist about options for keeping your smile clean during your next dental exam or cleaning.

Do You Clean Your Tongue?

Cleaning your tongue can keep bacteria away from your smile. To schedule a consultation, call E-Care Dentistry, PA in Olathe, KS, today at 913-210-1701. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, Leawood, Gardner, and all surrounding communities.