Tongue bars aren’t great for your oral health, so most dentists will recommend you remove them. That said, plenty of people are willing to take the risk. If you’re one of them, you should still take all the right steps to prevent your tongue bar doing any harm.
- Don’t Play with It
At first, it can seem downright impossible to resist playing around with your tongue bar. After all, it’s a weird new foreign object in your mouth. Try to avoid the impulse to play. It’s easy to get into the habit of flipping around your bar or tapping it against your teeth. That might not sound like a big deal since you’re unlikely to do serious damage, but you will be wearing down your tooth enamel – once tooth enamel is gone, it’s gone for good.
- Wash It Every Night
As unpleasant as this might sound, the bacteria that collects on your teeth can also collect on your tongue bar. If you take the bar out to brush and floss, you’ll be reintroducing that same bacteria when the bar goes back into your mouth. Make sure you take it out and wash it each night using an appropriate cleaner – your dentist should be able to make a recommendation.
- Avoid Longer Bars
There are tongue bars available in all shapes and sizes – at first, you’ll probably be given quite a long and large one to ensure healthy swelling. When everything is okay, try swapping the longer bar out for a shorter one. The longer the bar, the easier it is to bite down on one of the ends when you’re eating or talking, and that could fracture or chip one of your teeth.
- Look for Plastic Instead of Metal
Finally, try picking out tongue bars made of plastic rather than metal. When you speak or eat, it’s likely the bar is going to flick against your teeth. That could cause damage, and, as mentioned above, it’s going to contribute to enamel loss. Plastic isn’t as hard or heavy as metal, so plastic tongue bars are the way to go.