Tongue Cleaning: Is it something we need to do?

Should we be scrubbing our tongues clean?

We focus so much on our teeth and making sure those are in tip-top shape, that often our tongues get overlooked. But is cleaning our tongue something that needs to be done?

Think about it, just like our teeth, everything that we eat and drink comes in contact with our tongue.

According to healthline.com John D. Kling, DDS, said: “Bacteria will accumulate greatly in the areas of the tongue between the taste buds and other tongue structures.”

Those areas on our tongues are mating grounds for bacteria! If we don’t take care of that it can lead to bad breath, higher bacteria growth, plaque build-up, potential loss of senses, and not taking care of our tongue can even end up damaging our teeth!

Of course, many of these things take a long time to develop and are worse case scenarios, but we still need to be aware! So while that might have been a tad dramatic, knowing these things help motivate us to establish a habit of good oral hygiene that includes scrubbing/brushing your tongue.

Now that we know that cleaning our tongue is necessary for our daily routine, we can dive into the question you are all asking; “How I do I clean my tongue?”

There are many ideas and suggestions out there, so we have gathered some of the more common ways to help you better take care of your mouth.

Brushing: Every morning and night when you are brushing your teeth take a few extra seconds and run those bristles across your tongue. Make sure you are cleaning all around, but still being careful! Our tongues are sensitive and have a layer of skin on them, so when brushing, you need to make sure you aren’t causing damage.

Tooth scraper: Much like a toothbrush, you can purchase a tooth scraper at your local drug/grocery store. Add this to your daily toothbrushing, and it will assist in the fight against bacteria and bad breath!

Mouthwash: Mouthwash is also an excellent cleaning method that can be effective when paired with brushing your teeth. Most mouthwashes have ingredients that target the bacteria in your mouth and on your tongue and leave your mouth feeling nice and fresh!

Lastly, if you want more options, or want to talk to someone not named Google to get more information; chat about it with your dentist the next time you are in for a visit! They will have lots of additional information and can offer suggestions for a more personalized routine to help you clean ALL parts of your mouth.

If you have not seen your dentist for your yearly check-up, call us at 801-747-8000 or submit an appointment request to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

We look forward to seeing you in our office soon! Happy brushing!

Dental Check-ups for Adults: Why Is It Important?

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Going to the dentist for regular check-ups as a child is more common than as an adult. However, the regular dental visits should not be something you do as a child but continue to your adult life. As a child, our body is growing and developing, and as an adult, our body begins to undergo many changes. Some of the changes our body undergoes can affect the health of our teeth, which is why we want to continue visiting the dentist yearly.

There may be many reasons why we put off seeing the dentist. And we get it. Adulthood comes with new challenges and time constraints, it seems, but we still need to find the time. The good thing is, there are now dental offices which are open late in the evening allowing for enough time to schedule a dental visit.

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What’s Plaque and How Does It Affect Our Oral Health?

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As June comes to an end, our oral health awareness should not go dismissed. We still want to take measures to care for our teeth. Our oral health is a critical part of our daily life. We use our mouth and teeth to speak and digest our food. Without our teeth, those two actions become challenging to do and can begin to alter the shape of our mouth. But before you start to think tooth loss happens immediately, it takes time to develop and is often the result of poor hygiene.

When we fail to brush twice a day and floss daily, we begin to develop plaque on our teeth. We want to practice good oral hygiene to avoid plaque build-up, which can affect our teeth. So, what is plaque?

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DIY Dentistry: Is It Safe?

DIY dentistry

DIY products are becoming more common as more recipes and trends become known through social media platforms. Although some DIY products can be beneficial in saving you money, recycle materials around the house, or repurpose objects. We want to think twice before using DIY products for your health.

One of the most popular DIY products we hear about is related to dentistry. However, is do-it-yourself dentistry good or bad for your oral health? Just because something says, it is good for your teeth does not necessarily mean it is safe. We have to consider the overall health of our teeth and mouth when addressing a dental problem.

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June Is Oral Health Month!

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IT’S JUNE!!!

It means we are entering the halfway mark of the year, but June also marks Oral Health Month. Our dental health is a critical part of our everyday life. We need our teeth to speak, and, most importantly, we need it to break down our food.

As a parent, we play the first active role in caring for our child’s dental health. We want to take necessary measures to ensure our child’s teeth are kept healthy as they develop. Here are some tips you can start with when your child is a baby and toddler. You can start by

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Dental Health Advice for Men

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Women should not be the only ones ensuring they maintain their oral health. Men need to take proper measures to preserve their smile since they are more likely to skip on brushing twice a day. Caring for our teeth isn’t exclusive to our younger years, it is a continually care we must practice, especially when we get older when our begin to decline in functionality.

Preventative care is the best form of ensuring our oral health is in tip-top shape, which first begins at home. We want to encourage men this month to become more aware of their oral health to prevent any future dental complications that can arise. We’ve compiled some tips to consider.

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Women’s Hormones and Their Dental Health

women's hormone and dental health

Women are more likely to develop oral health problems than men. Why? As a woman, our body is continually going through hormonal changes from when we are young teenagers to adulthood, including well into our elder years. These hormonal changes can alter our body in ways which leave us vulnerable to developing dental and gum problems.

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How Does Osteoporosis Affect Our Dental Health

Osteoporosis and dental health

May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month, also referred to as National Osteoporosis Month where we celebrate bone health and call to attention the effects of osteoporosis disease.

Our oral health can tell more about our overall health than we think. It’s an insider of what can be going on with our health than what we believe particularly with our bone health. Why is it important to know what osteoporosis is? Because it affects our bone structure.

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What Happens To Your Mouth When You Get Punch?

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Ever thought about the impact a punch can have on your mouth? It doesn’t even have to be a punch to the face to get similar results; it can be any traumatic injury. So, why talk about getting punched in the face? It’s not new to see on the news of fights breaking out on school grounds or in general. Often when you see these videos, you see the fists aiming for the face.

Receiving a blow to the face can be dangerous (we’ll explain later), and there is often a misconception of what can happen when you receive an impacting force to the facial area. We’ve all seen the movies where a character gets punched and stands up without major injuries just minor ones. But we have to keep in mind it’s only a movie. Now, I doubt some people are volunteering to get punch; in most cases, they happen through accidents or fights.

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