You brush your teeth, your brush your dog, you brush your hair and you may even give people the brush off. Should you also be brushing your tongue? Does it do anything besides make you feel a bit silly?
Brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper is often suggested as a way to eliminate bad breath and contribute to good dental health. Is it actually helpful? According to the Mayo Clinic, the answer is a strong “Maybe.” Research is limited, but tongue scraping or brushing is shown to help temporarily with the issue of bad breath, but there is not enough research at this point to determine if it helps with serious and persistent halitosis (the medical term for bad breath) as a home remedy.

How to Use a Tongue Scraper

In the case of a coated tongue, scrapers have been shown to be effective. Often caused by smoking, dry mouth, poor dental hygiene and the use of certain medications, coated tongue is a common problem. Scraping off accumulated bacteria helps give your mouth a “clean deck.” The proper use of a tongue scraper is this: starting as far back as you can without gagging, drag the tongue scraper a few times gently but firmly over your tongue towards the front. Clean your tongue scraper with water after each use as with your toothbrush. It’s a simple procedure, but remember that keeping your tongue scrubbed, with a scraper or brush, is just part of an entire routine of dental hygiene. To keep your whole mouth clean, fresh, good smelling, happy and healthy, your best bet is to do the following:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes, and after meals whenever possible.
  • Floss your teeth at least once a day.
  • Brush or scrape your tongue with an approved device once a day.
  • Drink lots of water to prevent dry mouth, a common factor in halitosis.
  • Avoid sugary snacks and drinks that encourage the bacteria responsible for plaque and tartar.
  • Schedule cleanings by a dental professional every six months.

Since it is such an important part of your mouth, you might as well keep your tongue clean! If you have questions about the state of your tongue, fear some type of more serious bacterial infection or simply have questions about your oral health, visit our Carmichael dentists at the Marconi Dental Group. We can help you and your tongue continue to work together for better oral hygiene.

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Dr. Fischer

Dr. Fischer comes from Sandy City Utah, where he graduated from the University of Utah with a background in Medical Biology. Dr. Fischer then was awarded his DDS degree from Loma Linda University here in California. Prior to that, Dr. Fischer worked alongside his father for several years as a design engineer at his father’s dental company. Dr. Fischer has a strong passion for dentistry, he believes in providing his patients with the most modern and up-to-date procedures, and he truly enjoys the variations of procedures he gets to perform daily.

When not practicing dentistry, he can be found spending time with his family. Dr. Fischer and his wife Brittany have twins Kaitly and Kyle, and son Johnny. Outside of his professional activities, Dr. Fischer is also a true adventurist. He has travelled to many countries and enjoys backpacking, scuba diving, para gliding, camping, and hunting just to name a few.

Dr. Huang

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang received his Degree in Dental Surgery in his hometown of Taipei, Taiwan and then went on to receive his Masters in Science and Postgraduate Certificate in Prosthodontics from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA.

He has been practicing dentistry since 1992 and his area of specialty is Prosthodontics, the treatment and handling of dental and facial problems. Prosthodontics involves the restoration of missing teeth and jaw structure. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang is also a Diplomate of the (ABP) American Board of Prosthodontics and an active member of the (CDA) California Dental Association and the (AAFP) American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and a fellow of the (ACP) American College of Prosthodontists. He is also fluent in Mandarin!

Dr. Y. Vinny Huang was fortunate enough to find his calling at a young age. He grew up watching his grandmother struggle with her dentures on many occasions and has been determined to help others just like her ever since. He is truly passionate about his work and finds great joy in creating beautiful smiles for his patients whether it be on their own or with the help of dental implants. Dr. Y. Vinny Huang makes it his personal mission to educate his patients and community on the importance of oral health and does so with honesty, professionalism and care.

When Dr. Y. Vinny Huang isn’t practicing dentistry or assisting the community, you will find him spending time with his wife and two daughters. He also enjoys being outdoors and staying active whether it be swimming, golfing or playing tennis.

Dr. Visagé

Dr. Visagé graduated his dental degree from University of Pretoria in South Africa (1999). He practiced general dentistry in South Africa and England until 2002. He went on and completed a residency program in Periodontics and Oral Medicine, in South Africa to attain his Masters degree in 2006. He established a successful private specialist practice in Periodontics and Dental Implants. During that time he also served as secretary of the South African Society of Periodontology and still holds specialist registration with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

 

In 2014, Dr. Visagé and his family relocated to California, and he was invited to the prestigious Program for International Dentists at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). In 2015, he received the OKU Dental Honour Society Dr Kramer S Award from the UCSF School of Dentistry. In 2016 he received the Dental Honour Society Membership Award and also the Award for Clinical Excellence & Mentoring (UCSF).  He obtained his American Doctorate of Dental Surgery (UCSF) in 2016.

 

The most enjoyable part of his work is getting to know the patients and being able to play a role in improving oral health, which contributes to quality of life. He is truly passionate about dentistry, but strikes a balance between his professional and personal lives.  He maintains his fitness through running, biking and hiking with his family. 

Dr. Visagé and his wife Karlien, have  a  daughter and a son.  When time allows, he and his family enjoys travelling and spending time together. They travel to South Africa as often as time allows, but also enjoy road trips in the USA.