Did you know that along with the other parts of your smile, as you’re striving to keep your smile health in exceptional condition, you should keep your tongue in mind along the way? If you’re shrugging your shoulders because this is truly something you’ve been overlooking, then remember: It’s never too late to add new knowledge to your already significant collection of important smile-related facts that help you keep your grin safe and sound! Make sure you’re confident about this area of oral health care by considering our Overland Park, KS team’s suggestions for things you should always remember.
#1: It Needs To Be Cleaned, Too!
We realize you may have the idea in your mind, which may have been there for many years already, that dental hygiene that is complete is hygiene that includes brushing your teeth and flossing between them. With that said, we must now inform you that you’re almost there. However, what you’re missing is the fact that you need to also pay attention to the tissue along the top surface of your tongue, if you wish to keep your oral health in lovely condition. Add this to your mental list of smile requirements now!
#2: You May Brush It Or (Gasp!) Scrape It
Brush your tongue, as you brush your teeth. Or, use a tongue scraper. Either will work just as well!
#3: A Dirty Tongue Contributes To Bad Breath, Etc.
Remember that protecting your smile from an accumulation of bacteria, which can lead to oral health problems, means removing it from your entire mouth, not just teeth and gums. When you ignore your tongue and you don’t keep it clean, the bad bacteria that build up will contribute to a host of unpleasant issues, such as bad breath. Follow our suggestions for protecting your smile with complete dental hygiene (as in, brush your tongue, too) and enjoy the benefit of fresh-smelling breath!
#4: If You Notice Changes, It’s Time To See Us!
It’s not always easy to know what’s going on inside your mouth, which is why we always encourage you to contact our team to schedule a dental checkup for anything that changes. While you may assume this is primarily for your gums and teeth, remember that you are invited to come in with questions about all of your mouth, including your tongue and other tissues! Don’t ignore changes. Come in. The sooner you do, the easier it will be for us to help you!
See Us For Tongue Information
Don’t shy away from visiting our practice, whether you have questions or concerns about your tongue! We are always more than happy to provide you with a dental checkup and additional facts for a safe smile. To learn more, schedule your consultation by calling Family First Dental in Overland Park, KS, today at 913-381-2600.