ACD in the Press! – Women’s Health online

Dear Patients,

Dr. Cook was featured yesterday on Women’s Health online! In a story about tongue brushing, he offers insight how it can help curb halitosis (bad breath) and more. Austin City Dental is always thrilled to promote oral health in all capacities. Check it out here and below: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/brush-your-tongue

HALITOSIS

Bad breath is the number one problem associated with not brushing your tongue,’ says Steve Cook, D.D.S., owner of Austin City Dental in Austin, Texas. How it happens: The bacteria making a home on your tongue begin doing what an overgrowth of bacteria everywhere do—give off a foul stank. The odor-causing bugs tend to lurk in the back of the tongue, he adds, which is why it’s important to brush back there if you want to get rid of the funk.”

BLACK HAIRY TONGUE

We’re not making it up. This condition arises when the papillae on your tongue get stained from leftover food or drink particles, like coffee, and the particles are never brushed away, says Cook. That gives the entire tongue a dark, furry appearance. It’s otherwise harmless, and once you start tongue brushing, it should disappear.”

“By now, you’ll probably want to grab your toothbrush and give your tongue a good scrubbing. Here’s the right way to do it: Starting at the back of the tongue, gently brush toward the front, then go side-to-side. You don’t have to use toothpaste, but it’ll probably feel more comfortable, and the abrasiveness of toothpaste can help make cleaning more effective, says McClatchie. Do it at least once a day for a few minutes at a pop, but ideally twice, she adds. Oh, and you’ve probably heard of tongue scrapers: tools found in the pharmacy dental aisle that are specially designed to remove bacteria, food particles, and other gunk from your tongue. While it’s perfectly fine to use one, all you really need for effective tongue brushing is a plain-old non-tricked-out toothbrush, says Cook.”