How To Remove Bacteria From Your Tongue

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Many Americans are suffering from some sort of gum disease. If you are having a problem with the bacterial invasion of your gums, even though you are brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 3 minutes each time and are flossing regularly, then there might be another source of bacteria that you haven't realized is causing your problems: your tongue

Your tongue can hold a ton of bacteria within its crevices and many people don't even think about cleaning it regularly. Here are some cleaning methods that you can use to get rid of the bacteria on your tongue so that you can reduce your gum disease.

1. Brush With Salt

Go to the dollar or discount store and purchase a cheap toothbrush. It doesn't need to be a high quality. Next, go into your kitchen with the toothbrush and grab your salt shaker. Scoop out between a quarter of a teaspoon and half of a teaspoon of salt and place it on your tongue. Before the salt can start to dissolve start vigorously brushing your tongue. Continue brushing until all of the salt has been absorbed into your tongue. Do this twice a day for a few weeks and then drop down to doing it once every two days. This will allow your tongue to be scrubbed free of bacteria.

2. Vegetable Glycerin

If you don't like brushing with salt, consider brushing with vegetable glycerin. You can find this substance at most health food stores and large grocery stores that have a robust health food selection. You can also buy it online. In order to use vegetable glycerin, simply sprinkle a little bit on your long. Be careful not to swallow it because it might make you feel mildly ill. Then, scrub your tongue with the toothbrush for a few minutes. When you are done, swish your mouth with warm water and spit it in the sink. Do this once or twice a day for a week, and then drop your frequency down to once every two days.

3. Aloe Vera

Finally, you can try rinsing your mouth with aloe vera juice. Simply measure out between half a tablespoon and one tablespoon of aloe vera juice and swish it around your mouth for a minute or two. Spit out the aloe vera juice. Do this every day.

For more information, talk to your dentist. He or she will have some ideas about how you can reduce the amount of bacteria in your tongue so that you can get rid of your gum disease for good. They might suggest treatment like perio protect or antibiotics. 


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My son was outside playing with some friends when he accidentally fell down and hit his mouth on the sidewalk. The fall knocked out his front tooth, so I immediately placed the tooth in a small jar and added some milk. I rushed my son to the dental clinic and the dentist immediately took us into the examination room. The dentist placed the tooth back into the socket and saved it. My name is Beverly Tillman and thanks to the quick work of the dentist, my son didn't lose his tooth. Since this was a scary time for me and my son, I wanted to write this blog as a source of information for other parents who are facing a dental emergency. First of all, don't panic and get to your dentist as soon as possible. I hope this blog will help to answer your questions about dental emergencies.