Why and how should children clean the tongue andfor adults?

Update: December 2018

By oral hygiene, most of us imply cleaning.
teeth, and only not many people think of cleaning the tongue. But dentists
strongly recommend cleansing and language, considering it
неотъемлемой частью гигиены полости mouth

Why do you need it?

The need to clear the tongue every day has been proven
numerous studies confirming that
профилактика таких стоматологических заболеваний, как кариес и
its complications, soft tissue diseases – gingivitis, glossitis,
stomatitis, etc.

We will understand the physiology of the oral cavity and the anatomy of the tongue as
body. The tongue is a muscular organ of the oral cavity that performs
many functions:

  • speech education
  • forming a food lump and pushing it along
    digestive tract
  • taste perception for which taste buds are responsible

Its surface is extremely heterogeneous and has
микропространства, бороздки, которые обживают различные
bacteria, because they create the most favorable conditions
for their reproduction – moisture, availability of nutrients,
lack of light and oxygen. Reproduction of microbes leads to
inflammatory diseases and odor.

The microflora of the oral mucosa contains normal flora and
conditionally pathogenic, the latter with a weakened immune system as a general,
and local can become pathogenic (streptococci, staphylococcus and
etc.). For example, Str. Mutans causes caries
teeth.

Persons who regularly cleanse their tongues are 10 times less likely to suffer from
различных заболеваний полости mouth If you do not, then
Other provoking factors increase the risk:

  • The reproduction of bacteria leads to the development of glossitis, stomatitis,
    gingivitis caries
  • Plaque and deposition of tartar is formed, which leads to
    bad breath – halitosis
  • Overlaid tongue, bad breath in active people can cause
    to complexes, problems in communicating with others

So why do we clean the tongue?

  • Removal of pathogenic bacteria and plaque
  • Daily massage of the receptors on the tongue during cleansing stimulates
    and activates the work of internal organs
  • Prevention of caries, stomatitis, gingivitis, dental deposits
    stone, etc.

It should be noted that the occurrence of plaque in the language most often
indicates a violation of the functions of the digestive system, liver,
gallbladder (see why there is a white patina on the tongue
causes of yellow bloom), therefore, the fight against plaque should include
treatment of disease leading to it.

How to clean the tongue?

  • It is necessary to start the procedure after brushing and after
    полоскания mouth
  • Use special brushes, scrapers or spoons for
    cleansing tongue. From root to tip “sweeping” movements
    first clean one ladle, then the other half of the tongue.
    Movement should be slightly pressing, but not strong.
  • After that you should brush several times across
    tongue, if you want to put toothpaste on a brush and scrape off the plaque
    once again, already from tip to root.
  • Rinse your mouth.

Some sources indicate that you should use
various antiseptic rinses or gel every day. If a
there is no oral disease and the dentist has not appointed
disinfectant treatment, once again use
antiseptics can not (see the constant use of rinse
для рта может способствовать развитию  инсульта или
heart attack).

What items and hygiene to choose?

When choosing items hyenas need to focus on
own feelings and preferences, because cleansing
ability, when used properly, will be relatively
the same.

Spoon for cleaning the tongue

  • It consists of an elastic nozzle and a tip that is made
    in the shape of a spoon.
  • It is simple to use a spoon – after brushing your teeth, its working
    surface must be held on the surface of the tongue.
  • Most often, these spoons are used as a nozzle for
    электрические зубные щетки, или же к ирригаторам полости mouth
  • Some patients use conventional tongue cleaning.
    silver spoon, in this case, it should be used
    exclusively for this purpose.

Scraper brush

  • Scraper brush представляет собой пластиковую ручку и плоскую
    nozzle-tip, made in the form of a spoon, triangular or
    oval shape.
  • On the working surface of the scraper there are bristles, slightly
    less than a toothbrush.
  • Some models can be equipped with a convex silicone
    stripes on the back.

 Toothbrushes for cleaning the tongue

  • Modern toothbrushes can be called “2 in 1”, because
    the working head is multifunctional. On the one hand is
    setae, with reverse, attached rubberized tab, which
    designed to clean the surface of the tongue.
  • The lacalut DUO clean toothbrush on the back side has
    прорезиненные бороздки, предназначенные для cleansing tongue.
  • You can also use toothbrushes like Colgate 360 ​​°,
    Oral –B 5D, Oral –B Pro-Expert, Oral –B Antibacterial and
    etc.

Use whether toothpaste?

Since the tongue is cleaned immediately after brushing,
In the mouth remains a certain amount of toothpaste, which
quite enough. Who is recommended to use toothpaste
additionally:

  • Persons with diseases of the liver, kidneys and digestive tract (gastrointestinal
    tract)
  • smoking people

And those, and others in the mouth occurs copious
the formation of plaque with a pronounced unpleasant odor that requires
additional use of toothpaste.

Not recommended to use strongly mint toothpastes, with
“max fresh” because the taste buds on the tongue are very
are sensitive and cause burning and excessive irritation.
discomfort. You can use special kits.
for cleaning the tongue: scraper and paste.

When to start and how to clean the tongue of children?

Do I need to clean the tongue of a newborn? There is no need for this,
but with the advent of the first tooth, dentists recommend starting
cleaning the baby’s tongue. To clean the teeth and mucous membrane
children under 1 – 1.5 years old, you need a special dental
щеткой-напальчником.

The most popular brands are Chicco, Splat,
R.O.C.S and others. On the working surface of such brushes can
silicone villi or surface will be
ribbed. There is no fundamental difference, you need to navigate
on the child’s preferences.

In order to properly clean the tongue of the newborn,
необходимо одеть на палец зубную щетку-напальчник, и
in a neat sweeping motion from the root of the tongue move toward it
the tip.

After several movements, it is necessary to proceed to the cleaning.
side surfaces of the tongue, according to the same principle. Final stage
is the treatment of the inner surface of the cheeks, and rinsing the cavity
mouth

While the baby can not rinse their own mouth, use
toothpaste when cleaning the tongue is not recommended.

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