Does Scrubbing Your Tongue Actually Help Your Breath?

Did you know we spend anywhere from 15 to 23 days of our lives brushing and flossing our teeth? At first glance it seems like a long time, but when compared to the decades we spend completely asleep, it’s not really that hard to wrap the mind around.

But what about brushing the tongue? There are hundreds of different bacteria that live in your mouth, and the unhealthy ones can settle into the small bumps at the back of your tongue responsible for your taste buds. These bacteria can cause tooth decay, gum disease, and most importantly, bad breath.

Here are five reasons you should be scrubbing your tongue and not just your teeth.

Bad breath.

Otherwise called halitosis, bad breath is caused by the bad bacteria mentioned above that settles on the back of your tongue. You can combat a lot of this bacteria by placing your toothbrush toward the back of your tongue and scrubbing once you’ve brushed the rest of your teeth. It won’t remove it all in one go, but the more you get in the habit of cleaning like this, the more you’ll remove layers of this surface bacteria. Non-alcohol mouthwash will also help to keep your breath fresh.

Gum disease.
Bacteria on the tongue is directly responsible for different types of mouth diseases, especially plaque. By mixing with the food particles that are remaining in your mouth (often on your tongue), bacteria creates plaque that will stick to your teeth and gums. Daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings can keep plaque from turning into decay. However, if it’s not treated, decay can cause gum disease, or gingivitis. Your gums become red, inflamed, and loose around teeth, which causes your gums to bleed and even develop into an infection, called periodontal disease.

Furry tongue.
Coffee and other foods actually can stain your tongue, which makes it “look” furry. However, the discoloration (which isn’t actually furriness) can be removed by, yet again, scrubbing your tongue with your toothbrush.

Oral yeast infection.
If harmful bacteria is not removed from the tongue, naturally occurring yeast in the mouth can flourish and turn into oral thrush. While thrush isn’t all that common, the yeast buildup can form a white film or even patches on top of the tongue. Your dentist can prescribe an antifungal medication to kill the yeast, and brushing the tongue daily (theme of the day) will help prevent it from returning.

Bland taste buds.
This one is actually a huge reason alone to brush your tongue, even if you think you’re impervious to the likes of plaque and gingivitis. If bacteria on the tongue are not removed, it can create a film that covers your taste buds. The flavors of savory foods you normally enjoy will taste a little off until the taste buds are uncovered.


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Invisalign: The Truth About the Process

For those looking to have a brighter, more beautiful smile, Invisalign is the best option for this.  There are benefits to teeth straightening, but the most popular benefit of this is that they are clear aligners.  When you straighten your teeth like this, people won’t notice it.

The subtlety of this is what people love about it, and the discretion of this does make it possible for you to have a good appearance for work or a date, and you don’t have to worry about your teeth standing out, unlike traditional braces.  Adults do need to look a certain type of way for various social or professional settings, and Invisalign gives you this chance.

There are a few facts that you should know, and here, we’ll tell you about them, and why they matter in the treatment process.

The first thing is that it works on complex cases, not just those with mild crookedness. It works for gaps, straightening them, and even addresses bite issues.  The one thing it doesn’t is treat issues based on jawbone placement, so you’ll need traditional orthodontics or oral surgery with this.

Now, your treatment plan is established from the get-go.  You don’t have to sit there in mystery wondering if there is something that will come up. Measurements, digital images, and software will tell you where you’re going to go, and you’ll know each step along the way what type of aligner you’ll need for this.  This planning actually won’t cause a treatment delay either, which is pretty amazing.

You also can smile with these without people noticing that you’re straightening your teeth. Because they’re clear and removable, people don’t notice this, other than the fact that people may see that hey, your teeth are straighter.  You can take thee out to eat, so you’re not restricted on food, unlike traditional braces which can be rough the first day after a tightening.

You can get some attachments, which are squares that are attached to teeth to help keep them in position in an easier fashion and so that people can move them.

You may have to wear a retainer as well once you’re done with this. That in fact, is completely normal so don’t freak out over it.

Retainers and braces are great for perfecting your smile. they’re also great if you want to feel more confident.  While many times people will get traditional braces, in the adult world, lots of times that just isn’t feasible, since it can be a bit awkward for people and things.  If you’re worried about it showing, you can always talk to your dentist, and you can from there, choose whether it is right for you. Usually, your dentist will go through this with you, and you can always talk to your dentist about a consultation that works, and some of the various aspects that can be done in order to help you have a brighter, better smile as a result of this.

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Risks to Oral Piercings

Having an oral piercing, whether it be the lips, a cheek, tongue, or something that’s a bit more extreme is pretty normal these days. Oral piercing is a great way to show self-expression, but to dentists, it actually poses a risk to many things that happen in the mouth, and typically dentists don’t like oral piercings. While they aren’t your mom, a dentist has the job of making sure that you take care of your oral health, but there are a few piercing risks, and make sure that you know the type, and what to consider before you get one done.

The types of these are the following, and you should know before you go, especially which ones are the safest:

  • Tongue and tongue areas: this is usually one that involves either a post singular in a vertical manner, whether they are venom or angel bites, a single post in a horizontal one, or under the tongue and under the frenulum. This is a single hole through the center in some cases, and it is considered the safest option of them all, and multiple options for jewelry allows for a lot of unique types of looks.
  • Then there is the lip area and the lip, which is essentially the area on the lips, such as vampire, smile, or even frown piercings that are placed between the gum and the lips.
  • Other oral piercings: These are usually the cheeks, the gums, and the uvula, and these are usually not the safest, for they carry the most risks to oral health. If you don’t have the right skill for this, I don’t suggest going to the technician that will give you that.

All of these create different results, and healing periods and even the location of this can affect your oral health now, and in the future. They all carry risks, but the tongue is considered the safest.

Now, after you get the initial piercing, you’re expected to have swelling and tenderness for about 10 weeks, but there can be other risks, including infection, migration, and rejection of the piercing, a metal or other allergy that can affect the area, scars, damage to your teeth  and even a dental abscess if your oral health is not in the best of shape.

So why don’t dentists like it? Usually, they heal fast, right? Well, most oral piercings have swelling, tenderness, scabbing, bleeding, and redness and the problem is for a dentist this can be difficult for the person, and even painful in some cases, and it’s why some people may not even come into the appointments, and usually a decrease in oral care happens with this,w which in turn causes infections.  Any damaged or chipped teeth can be created as a result f these, and if you have poorly placed piercings or migration, it can be a problem. Sometimes the damage is so much that the tooth needs to be replaced.

There is also the factors of the increase in trauma, including yanking and tearing in the case of injury and accident, and many times, this creates a further risk to oral health care.  If you are going to get this, you need to make sure that you take care of the teeth.

For example, get a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush these twice a day to reduce bacteria, stop using tobacco products if you know they irritate the tissues under, avoid foods that will irritate the piercing, wash your hands before you even consider touching or handling the jewelry to prevent infections, use a saline solution to soak the piercing and make sure you let it heal, but don’t do it too much, and finally, avoid hot tubs and swimming pools until these are healed, because if you’re not careful, the bacteria can come in and affect the bloodstream, and it can create an infection if you’re not careful.

If you need to, always take items to help lower the pain and swelling of the body. And, if you are considering getting one of these, always talk to your dentist about this especially if there are any risks you personally may have if you get this.  It can help reduce them and make your life easier as a result

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