Your oral health routine is not fully complete without knowing how to properly clean your tongue and why it is important! As one of the strongest muscles in the body, it is a natural teeth cleaning tool. Keeping it clean will decrease bacteria and the chance of bad breath. The ridge-like texture makes it easy for plaque, bacteria, food debris to get trapped on the surface. Here are a four tips to remember for making sure your tongue is contributing to great oral health.
Tips on How to Properly Clean Your Tongue
- The tongue is sensitive! When utilizing a toothbrush use gentle pressure. Back and forth motions work best to break up bacteria and clean the whole area. Start in the back and work your way forward.
- It is recommended to clean your tongue at least twice a day, right after brushing your teeth. Cleaning before bed reduces the amount of bacteria that could grow over night.
- Utilizing other tools, such as a tongue scraper, is another way to target the area. Tongue scrapers gently cleanse the layer of debris and mucus from your tongue. As with a toothbrush, start in the back and work your way forward. Utilize the scraper at different angles and remember to clean it after each use.
- Finish off your routine with an antiseptic mouthwash. Although it is not a substitute, the antiseptic will aid in killing bacteria and freshening breath!
Utilizing these tips regularly will lead to an oral routine that will leave you feeling fresh! At Fry Orthodontics, we know a healthier mouth leads to a more confident smile! To learn more, visit the resources page on our website or contact us today at 913-469-9191.