You know that keeping your teeth clean is extremely important. You probably know that failing to keep your teeth clean can leave you more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease. We generally recommend scheduling an appointment with our dentist once every six months to have your teeth cleaned more thoroughly. Do you ever wonder if cleaning your tongue is also important?
In reality, you don’t really need to brush your tongue as long as you keep your mouth healthy. However, your tongue can harbor bad bacteria, but since it’s constantly covered in saliva, it cleans itself fairly well. Please note that the bacteria from your tongue can move to your back teeth, so cleaning your tongue can help you avoid this problem, but this isn’t a huge problem since it takes about twenty-four hours for plaque to harden. In other words, as long as you brush twice a day, bacteria that move from your tongue to your back teeth won’t cause serious issues.
Still, there are some benefits to brushing your tongue, such as improved breath, but some people struggle to brush their tongues with a toothbrush because it can trigger the gag reflex. Fortunately, tongue scrapers are an option you can consider using. Tongue scrapers, as you might have guessed, are designed to help you clean your tongue without triggering your gag reflex. To use a tongue scraper, you’ll simply have to place the head of your tongue scraper against the back of your tongue and pull forward.
If you’re interested in choosing the perfect tongue scraper in Thomasville, Georgia, we invite you to contact Beachton Denture Clinic and Dental Center at 1-800-521-7275. Our dentist, Dr. McFatter, and our team will gladly inspect your teeth and answer any of your questions. We look forward to receiving your call soon.