You might not realize it, but your mouth is generally full of bacteria. Most of it is beneficial to oral hygiene, but it can also give off some fairly unpleasant odors, something others will recognize as bad breath. Dr. Tim Brooks, your respected OKC dentist, recommends tongue cleaning with the occasional use of a brush or scraper to clean off unwanted material that can accumulate on your tongue and can stay there for long periods of time.
You can use your regular toothbrush for tongue cleaning, or a special scraping tool. The process is simple: after sticking your tongue out as far as you can, scrape very gently from the back to the front, and then wash to remove whatever was picked up. Repeat the process until you see that your tongue is a nice pink color, which indicates that most of the material has been removed. Your Oklahoma City dental team recommends using a good mouthwash to remove most of the bad breath-causing bacteria, and then following up with a periodic tongue-scraping to rid your tongue of accumulations. If you have any concerns about the health of your tongue, or just need your regular checkup, call or click to make an appointment with Dr. Tim Brooks today!