When people engage in their dental routines, they often focus on the teeth and gums. Yet the tongue is just as important to your oral health. That’s why Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos recommend tongue scrapers/cleaners. These small dental appliances are sold at most grocery stores. They scrape residue and bacteria off your tongue, removing bad breath and coatings. To learn more about them, contact All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA.
Start off by removing the tongue scraper from its packaging. Place it at the back of the tongue and move it slowly forward. After each movement, rinse off the scraper and your mouth with water. Do this as many times as necessary. Coated tongues are caused by dry mouth, yeast infections, smoking, medications, and poor dental health. The coating itself consists of layers of dead cells and bacteria. Using the cleaner gets rid of these detrimental substances.
There are many documented benefits to using a tongue cleaner. The biggest is an improvement in your breath. It’s also shown to heighten your sense of taste. Overall, it leads to a cleaner and healthier mouth.
Use your tongue scraper with caution. Do not go so far back on your tongue that you gag. Don’t apply too much pressure, especially in certain areas. You can cut the surface of your tongue if you aren’t paying attention.
To learn about tongue cleaners and your dental health, contact All Coast Dental in Pacific Beach, CA. To schedule an appointment with Drs. Joseph and Julie Boulos, visit our website or call 858-270-4904.