Watch Your Tongue: How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

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brush tongueJust about everyone knows the benefits of adhering to a daily dental routine. But, even after the flossing, brushing and rinsing, there are some people that will still experience bad breath, also known as halitosis. There are a number of other people who suffer with a dry mouth or a pale colored tongue. For a number of individuals, these issues may be the result of medications. Quite often, the situation is due to an unclean tongue; literally.

A seldom discussed oral hygiene topic is the tongue. But, the tongue is an amazing organ that helps us in speech and allows us to enjoy, savor, or reject the flavors of food and liquids. The tongue is like a soldier guarding the throat. It is able to determine if nutrients are too hot, too cold, or just right before allowing entry into the throat.

Two-thirds of the top surface of the tongue are covered with tiny buds called Lingual papillae. The sides of the tongue are covered with foliate papillae. These papillae provide a perfect environment where bacteria can be captured and, if not removed, to multiply. Unremoved bacteria cause bad breath and are contributors to plaque along the inner gum lines. This plaque encourages gingivitis and cavities.

A simple, easy, effective way to remove bad breath bacteria is to use a tongue cleaner. A tongue cleaner is inexpensive and sold in the dental section of pharmacies. It has a specific design that is intended to clean the top and side surfaces of the tongue. With daily use, a tongue cleaner can assist in removing bad bacteria that can reduce, or eliminate, foul mouth odors and it can help to restore a normal rosy colored, moist tongue. A wonderful side effect of having a healthier tongue is that when you go for your semi-annual cleanings with your Chandler, Arizona dentist, there will be less plaque accumulation that needs to be removed.

Adding a tongue cleaner to a person’s daily oral cleaning program is a guaranteed way to watch your tongue.

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