You may be surprised to find out that the cleanliness of your tongue affects dental hygiene. Once you find out more about the topic you will likely decide to include tongue brushing in your daily routine.
Why is it important to clean your tongue?
You probably have a good understanding of why it is important to brush and floss your teeth. Bacteria or plaque builds up on the surface of teeth, which can cause tooth decay over time. If you do not remove the plaque from teeth, it can harm the gums and Periodontitis can become a serious long-term condition.
You are probably wondering what the tongue has to do with the teeth and gums. Studies have revealed that the bacteria that causes plaque to form thrives on the tongue. The tongue is essentially a petri dish for the development of the many kinds of bacteria that enter into the mouth.
Many types of bacteria on the tongue attack the teeth and gums and some of the bacteria can even harm your health. This is why it is crucial to brush your tongue. Since the bacteria causes a foul odor, regular brushing is a great way to freshen your breath.
Are you tired of worrying about having bad breath? Halitosis is caused by the same bacteria that creates problems for the teeth and gums. Thankfully, the bacteria that lives on the tongue is easy to remove. When you brush your tongue along with your teeth, you will have better breath so you won’t have to worry about any awkward interactions throughout the day.
There are even more benefits to daily tongue brushing. As you are brushing your tongue you give your taste buds a massage, which results in an improved sense of taste. If you find many of the foods you eat bland, it may be because of your taste buds. Brushing your tongue will improve your sense of taste so you can enjoy food more.
The right way to brush your tongue:
There are two ways to make sure that you remove the bacteria on your tongue. The first way is to use your toothbrush to brush the entire surface of your tongue. You should remember to rinse after brushing.
The second way to remove bacteria is to use a tongue scraper. This method is even more effective. You may have never seen a tongue scraper but they have been on the market for a long time. The tool looks like a small squeegee. There are metal and plastic tongue scrapers available. To use the scraper you just hold it firmly against the tongue and scrape towards the front of the mouth. It’s that easy!
Now that you know that bacteria is living on your tongue, ruining your breath and harming your teeth you know why you should be brushing your tongue at least once per day. Regular brushing and scraping will improve your breath and help to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Adam enjoys writing about health and wellness topics. He works with Washington’s Choice Dental Care.