The human tongue contains lots of ridges and indentations, and these contours can sometimes foster plaque buildup and bacterial growth. People who wear dentures should be sure to properly clean their tongue to get rid of the plaque and bacteria and also to avoid having bad breath.
After you are done brushing your dentures, you should brush the tongue with a non-abrasive toothpaste by using slow circle motions with the brush in order to remove the plaque. Be sure to brush the sides of the tongue in addition to the top to make sure you thoroughly clean the tongue and get rid of the plaque. This will help clean out the plaque and refresh your mouth.
You can also use a tongue scraper. Normally, a tongue scraper has a handle with an edge on one end. While you are using the scraper, move it from front to back over the tongue while avoiding any overlapping sweeps. If a buildup of material becomes noticeable on the blade of the scraper, be sure to wash it off before continuing use.
After the tongue has been cleaned off, rinse out the mouth using an antiseptic mouthwash. This will help clean away any leftover bacteria or plaque that may have been missed and will also freshen your breath.
If you have questions about cleaning your tongue in San Carlos, California please call Ghina Morad, DDS at 650-592-6396 today. Dr. Ghina Morad will be happy to answer any questions you may have.