How Cleaning Your Tongue Can Help Your Overall Wellbeing

Cleaning the tongue helps play an important role in oral health, as well as your overall health. The tongue if not cleaned can host bacteria which affects your digestive tract when swallowed with food.

Key takeaways:

  • A biofilm forms on the tongue if it is not cleaned, which creates the environment for bacteria to thrive.
  • You can use a tongue cleaner tool or a metal spoon, bowl facing down, to clean the tongue.
  • Use a gentle pressure when scraping the tongue clean, rinsing off the tool you use between each scraping.

“When the tongue isn’t cleaned regularly, it creates a low-oxygen environment where bacteria like Klebsiella can thrive. In fact, the majority of the microbes in our mouths live on our tongue.”

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Dr Siddharth Wandrekar - Practice principal (GDC No. 170074)

BDS – India 2004, MSc Prosthetic Dentistry 2007 (London), MJDF Royal College of Surgeons England

Sidd has been with Brunel Dental Practice since 2011 and took over the practice in September 2016 after the previous principal retired.

Sidd qualified in 2004 from one of the prestigious Universities in India. He came to the UK and meritoriously obtained a Masters in Prosthetic Dentistry from King’s College, London. He then spent a year in a hospital environment being involved in major surgeries such as head and neck cancer, correction of jaw fractures and complex surgical removal of teeth. He moved to work as an Associate in Private and NHS practices in Scotland before joining Brunel Dental Practice.

Sidd enjoys dentistry because he can help everyone to achieve good dental health and overall well-being in a caring and comfortable environment.

He is married with two boys who keep him on his toes. He loves playing tennis and represents the local club in the regional Leagues. He loves to travel and visit offbeat places. He also has a keen interest in current affairs.

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