Your tongue has a lot of rough surfaces can harbor bacteria and lead to bad breath. Cleaning your tongue as part of your daily oral hygiene routine can help prevent bad breath and reduce the bacterial presence in your mouth that encourages plaque formation.
Here at Weeder Pediatric Dentistry we offer a few basic suggestions to help you effectively clean your tongue.
The most basic method calls for brushing your tongue once you have finished brushing your teeth. Try to brush around the sides of the tongue as well as the rough surface of the taste buds. A good rule of thumb is to brush gently for about a minute.
There are also tongue scraper devices sold in the oral hygiene aisle of many stores. While designs vary a little bit depending on the manufacturer, a tongue scraper is usually a plastic stick with a mildly sharp edge on one end. When using a tongue scraper, you want to work from front to back making multiple overlapping sweeps of the tongue. If you notice a buildup of material on the blade edge, you should rinse it off before making the next sweep.
Clinical research has not shown any effective difference between brushing or tongue scraping. For most it is simply a matter of personal preference.
If you would like to know more about how to clean your tongue or improve your oral hygiene routine, you can call Weeder Pediatric Dentistry at (402) 932.1177 to schedule a consultation.