Your tongue is quite an interesting muscle. It’s flexible, allowing you to speak and create sounds. It co-ordinates with your teeth and jaws, enabling you to chew food. It also has sensors, sensitive to heat, pain, touch, and taste.
Here are three steps to help keep your tongue in tip-top shape:
Step 1 – Avoid Adding Bling
Since there are billions of bacteria in your mouth, a tongue piercing can be a breading ground for bacteria. Oral piercings can also damage tongue nerves, alter tastebuds, chip/break teeth, and cause receding gums.
Step 2 – Clean Your Tongue
Make gently brushing your tongue a part of your daily brushing and flossing routine. A clean tongue keeps your breath fresher and your mouth healthier.
Step 3 – Self Tongue Exam
Oral cancer doesn’t always have uncomfortable side effects, that’s why regular tongue exams are so important. To do this, stick out your tongue, examine the top, bottom, and sides in a mirror. If there are any cuts, red, or white patches that don’t go away in a couple weeks, contact your dentist.
Inspecting your tongue and checking for signs of oral cancer are always a part of routine dental appointments. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited the dentist, book an appointment today. You can reach us at (514) 364-3366 or click here to visit our website. Also, be sure to visit our Facebook page to keep up with information that affect your dental health and wellness.