Many people with dentures find that cleaning their tongue as part of their daily oral hygiene routine, greatly helps improve their breath and reduce plaque buildup. The human tongue has a lot of rough surfaces that can harbor bacteria, which promotes plaque formation and can lead to unpleasant odors. When cleaning your tongue there are a few basic tips and techniques that Cascade Dental Care advises.
After you are done brushing your dentures with a soft-bristled toothbrush and denture paste, you can also brush your tongue. Make sure you brush around the sides of the tongue and use a gentle circular motion to brush the rough surface of the taste buds. This will help clean your tongue of some bacteria and refresh your mouth.
Tongue scrapers are specifically designed by various manufacturers to also help clean the rough surfaces of the tongue. Most have 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 the next sweep.
Once your tongue has been cleaned can vigorously rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to wash away lingering bacteria and freshen your breath.
If you have questions about how to clean your tongue or maintain good oral hygiene with dentures, please call Cascade Dental Care at 360-425-8140 to schedule an appointment.