When brushing your teeth, it is not just your teeth you should be paying attention to. Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS of Holmdel, NJ wants to remind her patients that cleaning their tongue is an important step of great oral hygiene.
Cleaning the tongue should be a part of your daily oral hygiene routine. A good way to remember this is to clean your tongue after every time you brush your teeth. After you finish brushing your teeth, take yourtngue cleaner and scrape it from the back of your tongue all the way to the front of it two strokes, twice a day. You can leave toothpaste on your toothbrush, if you would like. Rinse the tongue cleaner after each stroke and scrape your tongue . Press down firmly, but do not scrape too abrasively. If your tongue is sore afterwards, you will know you are pressing too hard.
There are tongue scrapers you can purchase instead of using your toothbrush. They are usually made out of plastic or metal. We usually keep it in our office for your convinience to purchase.
Remember your whole mouth can benefit from a good cleaning, not just your teeth! To schedule a cleaning with Dr. Dipika Shah, DDS in our Holmdel, NJ dental practice, give our office a call at (732) 264-8180 or visit our website, www.dentistnj.com.