17 Feb

London Dentist Explains How to Clean Your Tongue

Many people don’t realise how important it is to clean their tongues. Tongue-cleaning should be a regular part of your oral hygiene routine, alongside flossing and brushing your teeth.
The tongue’s warm, rough surface is the perfect environment for bacteria to form and grow. Getting rid of the bacteria lowers your rate of tooth decay and reduces your chance of having bad breath. Most bad breath is caused by poor oral hygiene and is actually quite easy to fix.
Cleaning your tongue on a regular basis should help to reduce bad breath. You can either do this with your toothbrush or buy special tools. Some modern toothbrushes even include a rougher surface underneath the brush head for the purpose of tongue-cleaning.
If you want, you can buy a tongue-cleaner or a tongue-scraper, which will be available from most good pharmacists. These are roughly-textured tools to run over the surface of your tongue, removing dead cells, bacteria and food debris. Pressure needn’t be applied, and it should be a quick and easy addition to your oral hygiene routine. Don’t forget to wash your mouth out after you finish, to remove any remains of the substances from your mouth.
It’s important that you clean your tongue regularly to maintain its beneficial side effects and keep your breath smelling fresh – start today, and you’ll see the benefits in no time. Consult your London dentist if you have any queries about how to most effectively clean your tongue.