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Hmm, interesting. I also had an appointment with a maxilofacial consultant last week, he asked me if I brushed my tongue. I replied that I had just started but found the gag reaction a problem - he advised me on how to reduce that reaction rather than tell me to stop doing that.Tetenterre wrote:How incredibly fucking stupid! Brushing the tongue is, despite the "knowledge" on the internet, pretty bloody pointless and either does nothing or contributes to "geographic tongue" (depending on the individual.)Dave B wrote:... and her only advice has been to brush my tongue as well as my teeth!
AIUI there are essentially two dental problems we need to deal with:
Best advice: Reduce your sugar intake and wait at least 3h after a meal before brushing; when brushing, concentrate on the gums.
- Plaque, which is dealt with by brushing, especially of the gum-tooth interface. This is what the sadist DH inexpertly scrapes away.
- Decay, which is primarily results form acid degradation of the enamel; the acid is produced by bacteria feeding on sugars. Brushing the teeth when they are acidic aids enamel destruction! The saliva is naturally alkaline, and will eventually neutralise acids, but the acids resulting from a sugar overload will not necessarily be dealt with in this way.
Now: do I see some problems with what you said, TT?
I will agree that plaque is only removed by mechanical action, no toothpaste required. Until I improved my brushing tecnique I had a terrible plaque/calculus problem behind my lower front teeth especially. In the past couple tear there has been no need for any scraping at all by the dental staff.
Can't quite work out why brushing teeth when the mouth environment is acidic is a problem. Tooth pastes are alkali surely, the one that I am currently contains sodium hydroxide, another contains sodium bicarbonate. The brushing will help get the paste to all surfaces and disturb any bacteria. Washing the mouth out will dilute any acid surely. On my dentist's advice I am using a "sensitive" toothpaste and was advised not to wash out, just spit, to leave some of the active ingredient in the mouth. I would say that brushing the teeth immediately after eating any kind of fruit is good sense.
Since the "sensitive" stuff is twice the price of ordinary stuff I work a fiddle. I brush with the cheaper stuff first, wash out, then do another quick brush round with a tiny blob of the expensive stuff, which I do not wash out. Seems to work.
Where did you get your advice from, TT? Can't find anything on the net to say that tongue brushing causes geographic tongue, though I can see that over vigorous or over prolonged would do damage to the tongue's surface which might promote that condition. But, as ever, there is a load of crap out there if one is not careful with the sites one chooses!