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5 Reasons to Brush Your Tongue Every Day

Did you give your tongue a thorough brushing this morning?

If not, you should have.

Because brushing your teeth might actually be more important than you think. That’s right, you might hear about brushing and flossing all the time – but you hear about the importance of brushing your tongue a lot less, which is unfortunate. That’s why our Dentists in Garden Grove are coming to you today with a tip that’s so simple it would almost be impossible not to follow: brush your tongue more. Here’s 5 reasons why.

It’s Really, Really Easy

If there was a surefire way to save money, become healthier, and get better tasting food in the process – would you do it? Of course you would! The simplest and most straightforward reason to brush your tongue is because it’s so easy to do – even easier than brushing your teeth. It’s the fastest way you can quickly take care of a large percentage of the bacteria in your mouth that can contribute to cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis.

Yes! it makes your food taste better

Imagine drinking a beverage through a straw that’s covered in a thin film of bacteria. It probably wouldn’t taste as good as it could, would it? In the very same way, brushing your tongue is also an easy way to enhance the flavors of your food by scraping away the extra gunk building up on your tongue. When you scrape that layer away – your taste buds are much more exposed to your favorite flavors.

It helps you get rid of bad breath

Some studies say that the largest cause of your bad breath is the crap that’s hanging out on your tongue. Food particles, bacteria, and fungus all stick to your tongue – and if you stick it out right now, you’ll probably see a bunch of build-up already there. It could be white, yellow, or even brown. The thing is, if you don’t scrape away this build-up, it can get pretty stinky. Brush your tongue for an instant boost to your breath.

Tongue scrapers lead to fewer cavities

Cavities occur because of bacteria and toxins that contribute to plaque. When plaque builds up on your teeth – cavities happen. But by taking care of one of the largest bacteria havens in your mouth, your tongue, you’re significantly cutting back on the available fuel that plaque has to feed on.

It’s good for your immune system

By scraping your tongue, you actively prevent certain toxins from getting into your body. Think about it this way – when you’re sick, sucking on a cough drop, sneezing, coughing, and hacking up a lung, a lot of germy gunk can build up on your tongue. If you haven’t learned by now — build-up is bad. With a quick scrape, you take care of all of it and prevent any problematic germs from sticking around in your system for too long.

Brushing your tongue is just the beginning. Have you put off dental treatment for too long? Our dentists in Garden Grove work with all kinds of patients to make safe, modern, and affordable dental care a reality for patients of all ages in the Anaheim area. Check out our new patient specials and get in touch today to learn more

How to Keep Your Teeth from Getting Yellow

Picture the perfect pair of chompers. The pearliest pair of pearly whites. The brightest set of chiclets.

You didn’t picture any yellow did you? That’s because we’ve been brought up – to think of “good” teeth as “white teeth” – and there’s some truth behind it. That’s because a set of naturally white teeth is a good indicator that the teeth are healthy, have no underlying problems, and have plenty of dentin left to protect them. Which leads us to our next point.

What many patients in our Garden Grove Dentist’s office don’t fully understand is that the whiteness of your teeth can come from a couple underlying sources: your dentin and your enamel. Dentin is the innermost living tissue of your teeth, and it’s very important. Once your dentin goes away – it’s hard to get back. The other component of dental whiteness is your enamel. The enamel is the hard outer shell of the tooth, which is actually clear. So if the color inside your tooth is black – your enamel, like a window to your tooth’s soul, will show it.

The thing is, while enamel (the outer shell) is relatively simple to whiten with over the counter or in-office bleaching methods, it can be almost impossible to “whiten” the inside tissue of your tooth. While yellowing of your enamel is just a stain, yellowing of the dentin is the evidence of a long-term aging process that you really can’t reverse.

So how do you prevent the dentin from yellowing?

Staining doesn’t happen just because you’re getting older. While more exposure to staining foods like berries, wine, coffee, and tea will stain your enamel, the less-reversible staining that occurs with your dentin is related to more serious problems

  • Dental Grinding / Bruxism: grinding your teeth is one of the leading causes of premature yellowing because of the vertical stress it puts on them. The average nighttime grinder puts enough force on their teeth to really damage them. This leads to premature damage and aging – and in some cases, can even lead to irreversible dental damage. When teeth yellow prematurely – it’s often because the patient is a grinder.
  • A bad diet: a bad diet will rot a tooth from the outside in. If you’re malnourish or taking certain aggressive medications – teeth can often become more yellow because of how your diet is accelerating the aging process.
  • Injury: If you’ve ever seen someone with a single “dead” tooth you’ll know what it looks like. Many times, a tooth that has taken a hit (or more) will begin to yellow much faster. That’s because the injury it received is drastically speeding up its aging process.

To prevent these issues from contributing to rapidly yellowing teeth – get to the bottom of the problem. A night guard will prevent dental grinding, a mouth guard will prevent injuries during sport and other activities, and a better lifestyle all-around will ensure your teeth get the nourishment they need to give you a full lifetime of service.

Have questions for our dentists in Garden Grove? We’re here to help.

 

How Flossing & Brushing Help You Reduce Pneumonia Risk

A year ago, the Wall Street Journal reported on a very important and troubling problem facing hospitals across the country: Pneumonia. The unfortunate truth is this: all too often, patients go into the hospital feeling sick only to get sicker because of how many different germs and illnesses tend to hang around.

But did you know that brushing and flossing can reduce your risk of getting illnesses like pneumonia?

That’s right, our dentists in Garden Grove (and dentists around the world) will be quick to remind you that brushing your teeth isn’t just good for your teeth alone. By cutting down on the amount of harmful bacteria in your mouth – you also cut down on the amount of bacteria that could go on to make you ill.

Researchers behind the pneumonia study found a well-documented relationship between oral health and the occurrence of pneumonia. While the human body contains far more microbes (bacteria, fungi, etc) than it does human cells – even the dangerous microbes end up causing damage or illness in only the most specific circumstances.

That said, the bacteria that contributes to pneumonia needs to be inhaled to cause its special kind of infection. Because of this – brushing your teeth and tongue is actually a very effective way to fight against the illness.

But before you brush this aside because it only talks about pneumonia, think again – good oral healthcare can prevent much more by fighting inflammation throughout your body.

So remember, next time you’re feeling like you don’t want to go to the dentist or you’re contemplating going to bed without brushing and flossing, think again. Your good decision could be the choice that helps you dodge an illness like pneumonia.