If you’re reading on our dental blog (or any dental blog), you may likely be familiar with tongue cleaning. Tongue cleaning, the practice of eradicating bacterial acids from your tongue using a specially-designed oral apparatus, has a few benefits, and you should think about them if you’re on the fence about tongue cleaning.
One of the most well-known benefits of tongue cleaning is fresher breath. Though there is some argument over whether tongue cleaning makes breath noticeably fresher, every small bit helps, right? Getting rid of odor-causing debris from your tongue will also do multiple other good things for your oral cavity.
By removing the pockets of acids sitting on your tongue, you’ll make your tongue a pinker color that numerous people find very appealing. And when we compare slimy, green tongues to recently-scraped tongues, we definitely agree that it’s our preference.
Finally, scraping bacterial acids off of your tongue means that your mouth will be less exposed to dental illnesses like cavities and periodontal disease. Bacteria eat away at the enamel on your chompers, and infested pockets of bacteria can harm your gums. While brushing and/or scraping your tongue in no way replaces toothbrushing and flossing, most things that extricate bacteria from the mouth are a win in our book.
When was the last time you were in to our office for a cleaning with Dr. Kimberly Fee? If it’s been more than some months, we suggest that you phone us at 928-778-7410 now to pencil in your next checkup with us in Prescott, Arizona; your dental health is dependent on it!