If you look closely at your tongue in the mirror, you’ll see several bumps, rough textures, and taste buds. While these all serve important functions in your mouth and provide you with a sense of taste, they can also trap excess bacteria and plaque. For some people, this can promote bad breath and the formation of plaque in the mouth.
One way to help prevent these issues is to thoroughly clean your tongue. This can be done after you’re done brushing your teeth by brushing your tongue in a gentle circular motion. Make sure you brush around the sides of the tongue and the rough surface of the taste buds. This will help wash the bacteria and refresh your mouth.
You might also want to try using a tongue scraper. This usually comes in the form of a small, plastic handle with a mildly sharp edge on one end. When using a tongue scraper, you should work from front to back, making multiple overlapping sweeps. If you notice a buildup of material on the blade edge, you should rinse it off before making another pass over your tongue.
After you’re done cleaning your tongue, you can rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash, which can also help wash away lingering bacteria and freshen your breath. Just keep in mind that antiseptic mouthwash can’t clean between teeth with the effectiveness of dental floss. Any material left in these areas will once again promote plaque formation and bad breath.
If you have questions about how to clean your tongue in Waco, Texas, you can always call 254.753.3634 to speak with your dentist, Dr. Mark McCall, or a member of our Columbus Avenue Smiles staff.