September 10, 2017
You’re not sure how your latest work luncheon went. People seemed to shy away from you, and you weren’t sure why until your trusted co-worker laid it on the line for you. “Your breath is bad,” she said apologetically, and your face immediately felt hot and red. Bad breath is one of those situations that is bad for everyone. It’s embarrassing to talk about, and worse if you have it! Your dentist in Fremont discusses a possible solution for your condition.
Cleaning Your Tongue
Did you know that your tongue actually hides bacteria in its layers? This can contribute to bad breath, otherwise known as halitosis. It can also promote tooth decay and cavities.
This is why cleaning your tongue, as part of your daily oral hygiene routine is important. It doesn’t add much extra time to your home care routine, and it helps to keep your mouth healthy.
How Do I Clean My Tongue?
Brushing or scraping is the best ways to remove bacteria from the surface of your tongue. You can use your toothbrush to gently brush away the mucus and bacteria on your tongue from the back to the tip. This is easy to do after you’ve finished brushing your teeth, but before you rinse your mouth so you can take advantage of the remaining toothpaste in your mouth.
You might also choose to use a tongue scraper. This handy device can be purchased at your local drug store. You’ll place the scraper at the back of your tongue and pull it forward with even pressure. Rinse the scraper and repeat until you’ve covered the entire surface of your tongue. Scraping your tongue can be done prior to brushing your teeth.
What if this Doesn’t Help?
If cleaning your tongue hasn’t helped with your halitosis, it may be time to schedule a routine cleaning and checkup with your dentist. Your bad breath may be the indicator of a deeper problem, as chronic halitosis is an early sign of gum disease.
It’s a good idea to consult your dentist, as early detection of gum disease will allow you to treat it with less invasive procedures.
About the Author
Patients in Fremont, CA enjoy the high quality dental care in a laid back atmosphere they receive at James Block Dentistry. Dr. James Block provides comprehensive services designed to meet your needs under one roof, so you’ll find that you rarely, if ever have to go elsewhere for aspects of your care.
If you’d like to contact James Block Dentistry, call 510-793-0801, or reach us through our website.
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