Your Tongue Needs Cleaning, Too

clean tongueTaking care of your teeth and enhancing your smile should, of course, include the following four things:

1.Brushing
2.Flossing
3.Using alcohol-free mouthwash
4.Visiting your dentist twice a year

You deserve a well-earned pat on the back if you are doing these things regularly. You’re off to an impressive start towards a life-long plan for good dental health.

But, wait. Take another look at the list. There’s something missing, something that you should be taking care of that’s not on the list – cleaning your tongue. If you’re not cleaning your tongue you’re missing an important part of your daily dental care routine.

Here’s why a clean tongue is so important to your dental health:
•Cleaning your tongue can slow down and reduce plaque build-up on your teeth.
•Plaque can also develop on your tongue, and needs to be removed.
•Cleaning your tongue can reduce bad breath by removing small particles of food and bacteria that accumulate throughout the day.
•Cleaning your tongue results in healthier teeth and gums and you may reduce your risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
•Cleaning your tongue can help prevent some illnesses that affect your overall health.

What to do? Add a gentle tongue cleaning to your daily dental routine. You can use your toothbrush and toothpaste to brush your tongue while you’re brushing your teeth morning and night. However, a tongue scraper is a much more effective way to effectively clean your tongue.

Ask us about how to use a tongue scraper as part of your daily oral routine if you are not familiar with how it works. And, please, add, “Tongue cleaning” to the list of important ways to keep your mouth fresh, healthy and clean.

Your dental care routine is a large part of your overall, full-body health. Call to schedule a consultation appointment, today. Fall is here! Now is the perfect time to switch-up your dental routine: 973-328-1225.

Bad Breath

Bad Breath – The 411

There it is, right under your nose and you may not even be aware…but your good-night kisses are epic fails and your co-workers are definitely not close-talkers.

You have bad breath…and you are not alone. Halitosis is an all too common embarrassing condition. 

  • Bad breath commonly comes from gases produced by bacteria which accumulate in your mouth, on your teeth, gums and tongue.
  • These gases contain sulfur which causes their odor.
  • The obvious way to treat bad breath is to brush and floss.
  • Using a tongue scraper is also a good way to remove bacteria from the back of your tongue.

There may be some other cause of your bad breath – consider the following:

Could it be your nose? Sinus infections or the presence of bacteria in your nose and sinus cavities cause smelly secretions from your nasal passages – which may be a cause of bad breath. Using a saline nasal wash can help, but if this problem persists, you may want to see an ear, nose and throat specialist.

Could it be tonsil stones? You may have never heard of tonsil stones or tonsilloliths, globs of lymph tissue and bacteria that reside in the back of the throat. They are filled with crevices where bacteria accumulates. If enough bacteria get caught, these smelly tonsilloliths can definitely contribute to bad breath.

Could it be your diet? Garlic and onions contain compounds that are taken into the blood cells and expelled through the lungs. So, your breath actually smells, not just your mouth.

Could it be your stomach? If none of the above is the cause of your bad breath, or if it is a persistent problem, see your doctor. In some cases, stomach problems, such as acid reflux, can cause bad breath.

Have you visited your dentist lately? A good dental check-up may reveal plaque and dental decay. Plaque can break down your teeth, causing bad breath. Cavities can also be smelly culprits.

Bad breath can impact on your personal relationships – that’s a fact! Call Morris County Dental, today, and let us help you get a handle on your halitosis: 973-328-1225.