Archive for November 2018

We’re always told about the importance of brushing and flossing your teeth, but what about your tongue? Taking proper care of your tongue is an important part of a good oral hygiene routine. The tongue is a perfect place for bacteria to thrive, and if not properly cleaned, it can cause bad breath.
Cleaning your tongue is very simple! Every time you brush your teeth, remember to clean your tongue as well. To clean your tongue, you can either use a tongue scraper or just brush it with a toothbrush. If using a toothbrush, gently move it around the tongue and then rinse with water. Some brushes have added tongue cleaners to the back sides of the head, so if yours has you, feel free to use that instead. Tongue scrapers can be an even better tool to clean the tongue. To use one, swipe it along the tongue and rinse after each swipe. Always be gentle when cleaning your tongue. If it starts to feel sore or begins bleeding, you are using too much force.
Try to clean your tongue at least two times per day, once in the morning and once in the evening, however cleaning it more often won’t hurt. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

While there are many benefits to adding mouthwash to your daily routine, remember that it should be an addition to your normal oral hygiene routine, and not a replacement of it. Here are a few of the benefits that mouthwash can bring:

  • Many mouthwashes can help prevent the buildup of plaque. However, this doesn’t mean that they can remove pre-existing plaque from the teeth - so remember to keep brushing and flossing!

  • Certain mouthwashes contain fluoride, which can help prevent cavities.

  • Antibacterial mouthwash kills bacteria in the mouth, which freshens your breath, and helps fight gum disease.

If you are noticing that you need to frequently use mouthwash to mask bad breath, it may be a sign that you have an underlying oral health problem. Speak to your dentist about this. Mouthwash, like salt water, can also help soothe canker sores, as it kills bacteria that can irritate the sore.
Remember that mouthwash is not an alternative to brushing and flossing, but feel free to use it, as it can be a great addition to your normal oral hygiene routine. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.