Brushing your tongue…part of good dental hygiene.

Yes. It is common knowledge for most parents and kids to brush their teeth for two minutes, two times each day, but many parents and caregivers might not know the importance of brushing their little one’s tongue.

The majority of the bacteria in your mouth are on your tongue and while a tongue won’t get cavities like teeth, it holds bacteria like a sponge, which will eventually spread to teeth. While water and mouth wash can help dislodge particles and make their mouth feel minty fresh, they won’t do the trick. Pesky bacteria can stick together and lodge in the crevices and grooves of the tongue, so it has to be brushed off.

These bacteria can also cause odors as well, particularly when the mouth is dry, such as after sleeping or when breathing through the mouth. Brushing the tongue, including the back, can help reduce these odor-causing bacteria to prevent bad breath. Be sure to supervise brushing until little ones are 7 or 8 years of age to make sure your child is doing a thorough job!

Most common dental issues for seniors

It’s probably no surprise that as we live longer and longer, quality of life becomes ever more important. Whether enjoying a gourmet meal (or favorite treat), smiling for your grandchildren’s wedding photos, sipping a nice Pinot or laughing your way through that same funny story for the 100th time, sound teeth and gums are an important part of happy, healthful senior living.

Chewing, smiling, speaking or laughing…they’re all dependent upon good teeth.

The most common dental issues seniors bring to Wooster Dental are:

  • Chipped, Loose or Missing Teeth
  • Darkened Teeth
  • Dry Mouth
  • Reduced Sense of Taste
  • Gum Disease
  • Ill-fitting Dentures

In most of these cases, modern dentistry can improve your quality of life. Come see us at Wooster Dental, and let us prove it.