Why is tongue cleaning important?
Daily oral hygiene places great emphasis on proper cleaning of teeth to eliminate plaque and food debris, the main causes of oral diseases such as tooth decay and gingivitis. There tongue cleaning It’s equally important as it allows you to keep your mouth healthy and eliminate the bacteria that can build up on its surface.
We’ll talk about it with the prof. Robert WeinsteinScientific Director ofdentistry Humanity.
Why is tongue cleaning useful?
THE bacteria of the oral cavity They are deposited on the teeth and form dental plaque, but not only: they are also deposited on the surface of the tongue and represent a risk factor for overall oral health.
The bacteria can lead to the occurrence of oral diseases such as:
Therefore, cleaning your tongue, just like cleaning your teeth, allows you to have a healthy mouth and can be done in a simple way. A few tools are enough:
- toothbrush: It is possible to brush the tongue with the bristles or the back of the toothbrush, preferably if it has small plastic ridges, by brushing from the bottom of the tongue to the tip.
- tongue scraper: There are different types of scrapers that are always passed over the tongue from the bottom up to remove the bacteria present on the surface.
When cleaning the tongue, especially when using the lingual scraper, the instrument must be placed gently and without pressure. This procedure should be performed once a day after cleaning the teeth with dental floss or an interdental brush.
How do you recognize a healthy mouth?
Before cleaning the tongue, it is important to analyze its surface to understand if any are present oral diseases. Just look at the color: A healthy tongue is pink and even over the entire surface.
If during the review you notice the presence of swelling, roughness and color trend Whitethe language may have exaggerated presence of bacteriawhich could be a sign of a problem in the oral cavity. In this case the advice is to make one Aftercare at the dentist able to identify the causes of the problem and recommend the most appropriate treatment.