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!

What Your Tongue Has To Do With Complete Dental Care

Dentist Blog

If you don't include your tongue when doing your daily dental hygiene, you're not protecting yourself from tooth and gum problems. Brushing your teeth and flossing only gets rid of part of the threat to your good dental care. Here is why your tongue is an important part of taking care of your mouth everyday.

The Tongue is a Home for Bacteria

Your tongue is covered with tiny bumps called papillae. These create a rough surface on the tongue so it can grab food and move it around in your mouth as your chew. But the bumps and folds on your tongue become a place where bacteria can hide. Brushing your teeth and flossing don't remove the bacteria from your tongue, leaving a source of tooth decay and gum disease. Cleaning the tongue as part of your daily dental hygiene gives you better protection from dental problems.

Cleaning Your Tongue As Part of Your Daily Routine

Cleaning your tongue adds only a few seconds to your dental hygiene but helps you to fight off tooth decay and gum disease. There are two common ways to clean the tongue - brushing and scraping. Try both of them to see which one works best for you. Or do them both to give yourself a little more protection.

Brushing the tongue - This sounds simple enough but may be difficult for some people. When you are finished brushing your teeth, run your brush over the top and sides of your tongue a few times. The bottom of your tongue is smooth and doesn't collect bacteria so you can skip that surface. To be effective, you need to reach back as far as you can on your tongue with the brush. This can be hard for some people because it triggers their gag reflex, making it tough to get the tongue clean. In that case, tongue scraping may be the approach for you.

Scraping the tongue - Your family dentist can recommend a good tongue scraping tool to use. These have a long flat surface that pulls bacteria and saliva forward off of your tongue. Place the scraper as far back on your tongue as possible. While pushing down gently, pull the scraper across the top and sides of the tongue several times. Rinse the saliva and bacteria out of your mouth when done with the tongue. If your tongue has a white or brown coating in it, don't try to scrape this off or you'll irritate your tongue. The coating is from food or smoking and will wear off throughout the day.

For more information, contact Dorset Dental Office or a similar location.


5 November 2015