The Dentist In Laguna Niguel Recommends that You Start Brushing Your Tongue Too

You may have had a little chat with your dentist in Laguna Niguel or Mission Viejo at your last visit who gave you a quick and handy tip to keep your oral hygiene up to the highest standards – that is always remember to brush your tongue! What? So, besides brushing your teeth, I now have to focus on my tongue too? Yup. If you want ultimate oral hygiene, the dentist recommends you make this part of your dental bruising routine. 

Although the Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo dentist can clearly see that you brush and floss your teeth twice a day, there is still more you can do to make your mouth healthy. Your tongue is a breathing ground for nasty bacteria. So, brushing your tongue can help you fight bad breath and practice overall good oral hygiene. 

What Does Tongue Brushing Do?

There has been some research that has found that tongue bruising and scraping lowers levels of S. mutans in the mouth, which is one of the main forms of the decay process. 

As a matter of fact, a new study in the journal of periodontal Research supports these findings. The study consisted of 18 adult participants with moderate to severe gum disease and some level of tongue coating but who were otherwise healthy. 

Maryam Horiyat DDS, a dentist in Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo, tells us that each participant was haphazardly assigned to scrape or brush their tongue as part of their hygiene routine for two weeks. 

From the beginning to the end of the study, researchers measured the microbial load of each patient’s saliva and on the top of their tongue, along with the amount of tongue coating and the patient’s understanding of cleaning. 

Overall, researchers found that routine tongue brushing helps to eliminate biofilm buildup, which can lead to bad breath and tooth decay. 

Mercury Fillings Cause Candida On Your Tongue

You may notice that you have a white coating on your tongue that does not go away no matter how much you brush your tongue. Perhaps you are experiencing funky breath, your digestion feels off, and you are experiencing bad brain fog? The culprit could be candida.

Candida is a form of yeast that naturally lives in the body, and is advantageous in small amounts. However, when it overgrows, it can break down intestinal walls and release toxins into the bloodstream, causing many health conditions.  

There are many reasons why candida overgrowth happens. Still, if you have silver fillings, that are also known as amalgam fillings, it could be the first suspects in your body’s candida reaction. 

The reason why amalgam fillings cause candida is that it contains mercury. Apparently, each amalgam filling could contain up to 1,000 milligrams of mercury, which can slowly release when you chew, and can possibly accumulate in the body. Mercury is a neurotoxin and is connected to immune, nervous, and endocrine system disruption. Also, it is linked to lower IQ in children.

Many patients attribute their recovery to mercury removal and practitioners at AriaDental understand the crucial role that heavy metals play in candida overgrowth. 

Mercury causes candida overgrowth because it is pro-inflammatory, and causes oxidative stress in the body. Additionally, it also destroys the enzyme in the body that is responsible for the conversion of the omega-3 fatty acid, EPA. This enzyme is important for oxygen delivery in the cell, which produces conditions where candida can more easily multiple if this enzyme is reduced. 


How To Detox Mercury After Amalgam Filling Removal

The first step is to find qualified holistic dentists at AriaDental who are trained to safely remove amalgam fillings. They are not only highly skilled and equipped but also certified and accredited members of IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology)  and SMART (Safe Amalgam Removal Technique to safely remove these fillings while limiting any mercury exposure to the patient and the dental team during the removal process. 

Mercury Detox Post Filling Removal

After you remove your amalgam fillings with the Safe Amalgam Removal Technique (SMART) at AriaDental you should use some effective techniques to flush your body of this toxicity. These detox techniques consist of changes t your diet, taking the proper antioxidants, and chelating agents.

Here are these techniques down below. 


Following a good diet plan is the first important step in cleansing your body of harmful toxins. The advice below is a useful guide to follow after you’ve had your amalgam fillings replaced.


  • Maintain a diet high in protein
  • Eat lots of fresh vegetables
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take unprocessed pure oils including flax oil, sunflower oil, and sesame oil
  • Take healthy, natural fats including seeds, nuts, avocado, and free-range poultry and eggs.


DON’T Consume

  • Consume predatory fish such as tuna or salmon. These larger fish have levels of mercury much higher than smaller fish such as sardines
  • Chew gum


Eating three cloves of garlic a day can increase sulfur levels in the body which can help you remove mercury. If you don’t want to chew on cloves of garlic, you can easily find garlic tablets or a liquid garlic supplement at your local health shop or pharmacy. 

Regular Bowel Movements

When you excrete, you remove mercury from the body. It is best to aim for 2 to 3 bowel movements per day. Ingest freshly ground flaxseed to help yourself achieve this. 


Drink at least two liters of water per day. This will help your body through the elimination process.

Chelating Agents

A chelating agent is a substance whose molecules can bind to metal ions, helping to eliminate them from the body. These can come in a tablet or intravenous drip form of medication. In this regard, it’s best to discuss your options with your holistic dentist.

Nonetheless, nature also provides its own natural chelating agents. These include:

  • Milk thistle
  • Cilantro (Chinese parsley) extract

If you would like to learn more about removing amalgam fillings in Laguna Niguel or Mission Viejo, then please contact Aria Dental at (949) 364-9600. We are your trusted holistic dental provider, offering safe non-toxic alternatives for every dental procedure. We are also a top certified member of IAOMT (International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology), IABDM (International Academy of Biological Dentistry & Medicine), and HDA (Holistic Dental Association).

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