Your routine dental checkups from our dentist, Dr. Virginia Sharpe is important for cleaning your teeth and detecting the early signs of developing oral health problems. You should, of course, continue to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, and floss at least once a day. The American Dental Association notes that you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoridated toothpaste.
While it’s not considered a necessary component of an effective daily oral hygiene routine, some people like to include a simple tongue cleaning in their daily oral hygiene efforts. This can reduce the bacteria contribute to chronic bad breath. To clean your tongue, simply brush it starting at the back and working your way forward. Don’t forget to brush the sides.
Some stores also sell special tongue scrapers. This is typically a small plastic device with a gentle edge. You pull it across the tongue from the back to the front. If you notice a buildup of material on the blade edge. You should rinse it thoroughly when you are done.
If you live in the Santa Fe, New Mexico, area and you have an oral hygiene issue, we invite you to call 505-982-4686 to speak to our dentist or one of the dedicated staff members at Sharpe Dental Studio.