Work in Sales? Keep Your Smile Healthy

I recently began working in sales. Smiling is very important when you work in sales, but I kept it to a minimum because I was not happy with my teeth. I had a tooth near the front of my mouth that was discolored from a bad cavity (my dentist says it became dark because the nerve was dead), and it embarrassed me. I always felt like it affected my income, so I finally saved up and had a crown put on that tooth. I also whitened the rest of my teeth. I now love my smile and I think it shows! I cannot stop smiling! My commissions also show my increased self-confidence, because I am making more money than ever. I created this blog to help other people struggling to make money in sales realize that a bright, healthy smile can help you and your bank account!

Your Dental Hygiene Isn't Complete Until You Clean Your Tongue

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Many people who do a good job of brushing and flossing don't think about cleaning their tongue as part of their dental hygiene. Dentists know that your tongue is a source of bad breath and can hide cavity-producing bacteria. Here is why cleaning your tongue is an important part of your daily dental cleaning habits.

How Your Tongue Contributes to Bad Breath and Tooth Decay

Your tongue moves food around in your mouth as you chew, mixing it thoroughly with saliva to start the digestion process. Hundreds of tiny bumps on your tongue, called papillae, make your tongue rough so it can grab onto food. The bumps also contain the taste buds that allow you to enjoy your food. Bacteria become trapped in the bumps and folds of your tongue where they act on food and create bad mouth odors and the acids that cause cavities.

Brushing and flossing remove the bacteria from your teeth that cause decay. If you don't remove the bacteria from the tongue, you leave a source of tooth decay in your mouth all day. A thorough cleaning of the tongue should be added to your dental hygiene habits to get the most from your cleaning efforts.

Techniques to Clean Your Tongue

The two best ways to clean your tongue are scraping and brushing. Try adding both techniques to your daily routine but make sure you do at least one on a regular basis.

At the end of brushing your teeth, run your toothbrush across your tongue a few times. You don't need to brush hard and only for a few seconds. Get all the way around the tongue, including the sides and as far back as possible. The underside of your tongue is smooth and is constantly being bathed by saliva so bacteria can't stick to that surface.

You may find that your gag reflex prevents you from brushing your tongue. An alternative approach is to use a tongue scraper. This is a flat tool made of plastic. To use it, reach with it as far back on your tongue as you can and pull it forward across the surface. Do this a few times and rinse your mouth of any residue you scraped off. Dentists can recommend their favorite scraping tool.

If your tongue has a white or brown coating on it in the morning, do the normal tongue cleaning but don't try to scrape the coating off. Removing bacteria with normal brushing and scraping will allow the coating to fade throughout the day.

To make sure you are doing your best to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath, add tongue scraping to your daily routine. Talk to experts like Family dentist Sunridge Mall Dental Clinic for more information.

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16 March 2015