Like many, when it comes to oral health, you may be thinking, “I thought oral health was about teeth?” And you’re not wrong.
The health and appearance of your teeth are a priority and the “main event” when it comes to your smile. However, we can’t forget or neglect the importance of caring for more than just your teeth.
Your oral health also includes your gums as well as, you guessed it, your tongue!
What Role Does My Tongue Play in Oral Health?
We’re glad you asked! Your tongue is probably not on your list of things you think about on a daily basis, but the tongue is one of the most important and vital parts of your mouth.
Your tongue has a role in helping you chew and talk, but did you stop to think about all that your tongue comes in contact with?
Everything you eat and drink passes over your tongue. That means that your tongue is susceptible to all sorts of bacteria that, if not properly cleaned, could lead to issues with your oral health.
What Could Happen to My Tongue?
We know that proper oral hygiene, in general, can help prevent problems down the road.
Did you know that, if not cared for, your tongue, and the lack of cleaning associated with your tongue, could lead to plaque build-up, bad breath, and the bacteria could further damage your teeth and result in cavities and decay?
Because of the different surface of your teeth, it’s easy for bacteria to nestle into the tongue without you noticing.
How Can I Take Care of My Tongue?
The good news is that you can create habits and take steps to improve the health of your tongue. Here are some ideas on how you can start better caring for your tongue:
Brush Your Tongue – We know it may sound funny, but regularly brushing your tongue after you’ve cared for your teeth will help remove any debris that could have remained after a meal. You could also use a special scraper to scrape in a downward motion to also remove any remaining particles.
Use Mouthwash – You can’t beat the effectiveness of a good mouthwash. Mouthwashes help move through teeth after a good brushing and flossing. However, the ingredients in a mouthwash can also help kill remaining bacteria on your tongue and limit the build-up over time.
Floss – Flossing not only helps the health of your teeth, but by taking the time to remove lingering food and plaque, you’re dramatically lessening the negative effects that can plague your whole mouth.
Regular Dental Visits – By maintaining your regular cleanings and dental visits, your at-home care will only amplify what your dental hygienist and dentist will take care of in the office. Dr. Silverman will provide you with any extra tips for caring for the health of your tongue.
We are here to help.
Dr. Silverman and the team at Advanced Cosmetic & Family Dentistry are fully equipped to care for you and your family’s oral and dental health.
We are committed to offering a wide range of dental services to meet your oral care needs. From cosmetic and family dentistry to restorative dentistry, you will receive the services you need for a healthy smile.
Give us a call today to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to serving you soon!