Williams Lake Smiles Talks About The Importance Of Brushing Your Tongue

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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Our team at Williams Lake Smiles is excited to have the opportunity to welcome you back soon! Dr. Wassenaar, Dr. Dahia and the whole Williams Lake Smiles team appreciate your continued support and understanding as we continue to move through this difficult time

We are gradually reopening in the safest way to ensure that we take all precautions to keep both our patients and our staff healthy.

At this time, we are focusing on addressing emergency needs for our patients. Full dental services, including hygiene care, will be introduced gradually with priority booking to the patients that were delayed treatment during our time of closure. We will be contacting our patients to reschedule these procedures in the coming weeks.

Our office has always utilized personal protective equipment (PPE) that has exceeded all the recommended guidelines. We consciously designed our office with well-spaced, separate treatment rooms that allow minimization of aerosol transfer throughout the office. We have also added a brand new HEPA air management system to allow continuous air filtration in all treatment rooms and common areas to remove germs from circulating air. This puts us in a good position moving forward. However, in consideration of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we have instituted additional guidelines and protocols to ensure your safety and that of our team.

Upon returning to Williams Lake Smiles you will notice our new enhanced precautions:

-When you are scheduling an appointment, our staff will ask you a set of health-related questions.

-You will be contacted 48-72 hours prior to your appointment via email and asked a set of pre-appointment instructions and health-related questions. It is required that you complete this questionnaire prior to your appointment. We will have to reschedule your appointment if we are unable to complete this step. Please also give our administrative staff all the necessary personal contact information to expedite our communications with you and your family.

-We have implemented new protocol for scheduling your appointments and managing your insurance and financial transactions virtually to allow for a contactless exit from your appointment.

-There will be new arrival procedures to guide you from your car directly to treatment rooms to eliminate contacting surfaces and other patients.

-You will be asked the above screening questions again on your arrival to your appointment.

-Your temperature will be taken on arrival. Again, we will have to reschedule your appointment if your temperature is elevated.

-You will be asked to put on the provided shoe covers and disinfect your hands upon arrival.

-All non-essential companions will be asked to remain outside of the clinic during the appointment. This includes friends, spouses, drivers, parents, and other children.

-We will maintain social distancing in the reception area for essential caregivers and parents of minors if they absolutely cannot wait in a vehicle or outside the clinic.

-We have removed magazines and other items that can harbor or transfer germs of any kind

-Glass barriers have been added in our reception area

-We have enhanced clinic disinfection procedures before and after all appointments.

-You will see new personal protection equipment like visors, gowns, and different masks for our doctors and team to provide barriers against the smallest of germs.

-We have protocols to reduce or eliminate airborne aerosols during all dental procedures.

-We have enhanced continuous disinfection procedures of equipment and office fixtures like computers, keyboards, telephones, tablets, chairs, doorknobs, and buttons that may be touched unconsciously.

-We will be disinfecting all outside mail and packages that enter the building.

-We will have longer appointment times for you to prepare and complete all appointment tasks and duties in the safest and most comprehensive manner.

-Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean fewer options will be available for scheduling your appointment.

We ask that, as we have so many patients to see, you treat your reserved dental appointment with the highest level of respect. Answer the screening questions honestly. Please arrive on time for your appointment. We may not be able to see you if you are late. If you miss your appointment it may be quite some time before we can get you back in.

We are committed to maintaining our high standard of dental health and safety under these new circumstances and appreciate your confidence in us.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we are taking to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice.

We are all excited to get back to work. Thank you for being our patients. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbours, and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rudy Wassenaar

Dr. Sophia Dahia

And the entire Williams Lake Smiles Team


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