Here are 4 things you need to know to maintain the health of the tongue, as reported besthealth, Wednesday (10/10/2012), among others:
1. The Tongue Also Needs to be Cleaned
The tongue has a rough surface because it consists of small bumps called papillae. A study at the University of Michigan's School of Medicine found that one-third of the number of species of bacteria in the mouth, are found on the tongue between the papillae.
Germs are stuck on the tongue can cause bad breath and affect the sense of taste, but it can also spread bacteria to other parts of the mouth such as the teeth. Excessive growth of bacteria that can change the color of the tongue is yellow, white or even black and looks like a furry.
Get used to thoroughly clean the tongue every time you brush your teeth. You can use a tongue scraper, which is a small tool designed to scrape the tongue, which consists of a variety of shapes and sizes.
2. Some Tongues Need Extra Care
If conditions are too dry and rough tongue, must not brush the tongue cleaner because it may risk damaging the tissue. Try brushing your tongue after cleaning the teeth, while the mouth is moist. You also can spray or gel moisturizer specifically for the tongue and wait for 10 to 15 minutes before brushing the tongue.
3. Beware Of Tongue Cancer
Cancer can also occur in the mouth that is characterized by changes in the tongue. Check the condition of your tongue once a week on a regular basis in front of the mirror to diagnose oral cancer early.
Check the bottom, top and sides of the tongue and examine whether there are changes in the skin, sores, white or red patches that do not heal after one or two weeks. Visit the dentist regularly every 6 months, the dentist is also able to recognize irregularities on your tongue.
4. Wearing Jewelry In The Tongue Would Hurt The Tongue
All body piercing or body piercing that is placed anywhere in the body, the risk of infection. However, according to the Canadian Dental Association, the risk of infection due to piercing of the tongue is higher because the mouth is full of bacteria.
Besides metal jewelry mounted on the tongue can damage teeth and gums, erode enamel, gums and loosening teeth causing a rift. Even the tongue piercing procedure itself has been known to cause nerve damage, leading to permanent saliva or alter the sense of taste.