When talking about oral health, we often refer to the teeth and gums. However, there’s another important part of your mouth that doesn’t get talked about often enough when it comes to dental hygiene — the tongue. Should you be cleaning it? This is what you need to know.
The tongue is a muscular organ in the mouth. WebMD explains that it is covered with moist, pink tissue known as the mucosa. Tiny bumps, known as papillae, are what give it a rough texture. Thousands of taste buds cover the surfaces of the papillae. Taste buds are collections of nerve-like cells that connect to nerves running into the brain.
It is held in the mouth by webs of tough tissue and mucosa. The tether that holds the tongue down at the front is called the frenum. At the back of the mouth, it is connected to the hyoid bone. Without your tongue, you wouldn’t be able to chew, swallow, or talk correctly.
You know that you should brush your teeth and keep your teeth and gums clean, but what about the tongue? Tongue cleaning has been practiced in the eastern world for hundreds of years. In fact, research has shown that cleaning the tongue often can help reduce unwanted bacteria in the mouth that can lead to bad breath, plaque buildup, and more. To clean the tongue, Healthline offers three different techniques to try:
A scraper is one of the most effective ways to clean the tongue. To use a scraper, you should:
Another way to keep clean is by using a toothbrush. Though less effective than a scraper, it’s still a good way to clean the mouth. It’s also found by some people to be easier to use. To use a toothbrush, follow these tips:
Mouth rinses, also known as mouthwash, can also assist in cleaning the entire mouth. You’ll need to look for a mouthwash that contains active ingredients that will kill bacteria in your mouth that can lead to oral health problems. If needed, your dentist can also prescribe one for you.
In addition to how to clean the tongue, Healthline also explains the benefits that come along with keeping it clean:
No matter how you choose to clean your tongue, it’s not enough to only do that on its own. You should continue to brush your teeth twice a day and floss once per day. Further, you should continue to drink plenty of water and eat foods that are vitamin-rich and contribute to a healthy, well-rounded diet.
If you want to learn more about your tongue and how to keep it clean, make an appointment with Mountain Aire Dentistry today. It’s especially important to make an appointment if you notice any changes with your tongue, develop any patches, suffer a burn, or develop sores. Call us today: (303)-731-7755.
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