Dental image Most of our patients are aware that brushing and flossing are important parts of keeping your mouth clean and fresh. But many do not know that they should brush their tongue as well. Here are a few additional reasons why you should try cleaning your tongue in addition to the steps already included in your dental health routine.

Bacteria And Your Tongue

Most patients would be surprised to discover that the tongue holds most of the bacteria in your mouth. Although you may think differently, taste buds and other structures tiny crevices, small holes, and microscopic cracks in the surface of your tongue. As you eat and drink, bacteria can then hides in these spaces and forms biofilm. Biofilm is a tiny group of microorganisms that stick together and form a nasty substance that often appears as a white film on your tongue. Unfortunately, brushing, rinsing your mouth with water, or using mouthwash is not enough to remove this icky biofilm. And if all of the bacteria is not removed, it causes a host of problems. This is why it is so important to brush your tongue on a regular basis.

Can My Tongue Cause Bad Breath?

You may not know it, but your tongue can house thousands of tiny particles of bacteria that cause bad breath. Consequently, one of the biggest benefits of brushing your tongue is eliminating halitosis. Studies also suggest that 68% of bad breath cases were cured after a thorough tongue scrubbing. So if you are experiencing a nasty taste in your mouth, try incorporating a tongue brushing or scraping into your oral health routine.

How Can You Brush Your Tongue?

There are a few helpful ways to properly clean bacteria from your tongue. Here are some of the possible techniques that we recommend to our patients:

  1. Use A Toothbrush. Patients should stick out their tongue as far as they can and brush as far back as they are able. The farther back you can comfortably brush, the better off you will be. Try putting toothpaste on the brush or dipping it in mouthwash for more effective results.
  2. Try A Tongue Scraper. A tongue scraper is a plastic tool, with a smooth edge on both sides. When using one you can actually see the bacteria come off. However, dentists say that this tool doesn’t really get down into the grooves in your tongue as well as the bristles of a toothbrush or a specific tongue cleaning tool.
  3. Utilize A Tongue Cleaner. This product is similar in appearance to a tongue scraper, but has rubber bristles. The small rubber pieces are used to get into the grooves on the surface of your tongue and pull out bacterial substances.
  4. Give Dental Floss A Try. Dentists usually consider this the least effective option, but it is definitely and option if it is all you have. Simply wrap a portion of dental floss around your two index fingers and drag it across your tongue. Bacteria and biofilm should come off on the floss.

How Do I Know If I Have Brushed My Tongue Properly?

How do you know if you’ve cleaned your tongue well enough? All you need to do is open your mouth, stick out your tongue, and take a look. Most of the time, you will be able to tell if you have brushed your tongue properly. If you can see a coating of biofilm then your tongue is not clean and you should keep brushing.

Other Benefits To Brushing Your Tongue

Dental experts suggest that there are other benefits to brushing your tongue. Some of these benefits include:

  • Improved ability to taste.
  • Improved oral hygiene.
  • Reduced tooth decay and fewer cavities.
  • Better breath.
  • Improved overall health.
  • Improved digestion.

Try Williams Lake Smiles For All Your Dental Health Needs

Here at our dental practice, we want all of our patients to know how important oral health is. If you have questions about the treatments we offer or general questions about oral hygiene, please feel free to peruse our website or give us a call for more information. Give us a call now to schedule your own appointment with Dr. Wassenaar.

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Covid-19 (Corona) Virus

Dear valued patients of Williams Lake Smiles,

Greetings to patients and friends of Williams Lake Smiles!

June is here and hopefully, more summer weather is headed our way!

We are feeling excited and optimistic about the months to come as it appears that there is some positive easing of restrictions in British Columbia. Our team hopes this means that you will be able to slowly begin to see loved ones and move around a little bit more. Good news for us all!

In our office, your health and safety is still our utmost concern so we would like to update you and review our current protocols.

We are happy to be able to move from our online covid pre-screening forms to a verbal questionnaire. This means that you will no longer be required to do the online covid form before every appointment.
For the continued health and safety of all, we ask that you do not attend our office if you feel unwell at all or have traveled outside of the country within the past 14 days. We will ask you covid screening questions on the phone, at the time of scheduling appointments, and then again at the time of your arrival in our office. Mask wear is still mandatory for anyone entering our office. Your temperature will still be taken, shoe coverings provided and we will have you use hand sanitizer upon check-in at the door.

We will still be doing all we can to limit the amount of people in the office at one time and who you come into contact with while you are here.
We ask that you do not arrive too far ahead or drop off family members early for scheduled appointments. If our waiting room is full, we may ask you to remain in your vehicle and we can call you in as soon as we are ready. Please do not bring any extra people with you into the office. No spouses, children or siblings can accompany you to your appointment in the office.
We will continue with all other enhanced safety protocols to ensure that the health of our patients and staff team are our first priority and allow us to continue to provide you with our full range of exceptional dental care.

The Williams Lake Smiles team thanks to our amazing patients and friends for their ongoing patience and support through these unprecedented times of the past year and moving forward.
We appreciate your trust in us to help you be the healthiest you can be!

Please contact us with any questions or to schedule any of your dental needs.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar and the team at Williams Lake Smiles


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