The Importance of Brushing your Tongue

From a young age, we’re taught the importance of brushing and flossing our teeth. However, more often than not, we neglect the crucial task of cleaning our tongues.

Cleaning your tongue should be a part of your daily oral health routine, and here’s why:

  1. It Can Prevent Cavities and Tooth Decay:

The bacteria left behind on your tongue when it isn’t brushed contributes significantly to the growth of plaque on your teeth, which can cause cavities and tooth decay. The bacteria will erode the enamel on your teeth, which in turn will make them susceptible to decay and other problems such as gum disease.

  1. It Can Kill Bacteria:

A certain type of bacteria called biofilm makes up a large amount of the bacteria in your mouth. An excess of biofilm can create oral health problems for your mouth, teeth, and gums. This bacteria lives in the spaces and ridges you cannot see on your tongue, and mouthwash alone will not remove this bacteria. For these reasons, it is extremely important to properly clean your tongue.

  1. It Helps With Bad Breath:

Did you know that most people who suffer from bad breath only have this issue because of the bacteria build-up on their tongue? Brushing your tongue will get rid of the biofilm and will create a healthier, fresher environment for your teeth. Simply removing this layer of bacteria will reduce your bad breath significantly.

  1. Other Benefits Include:
  • Enhancing your taste buds
  • Improving your digestive health
  • Preventing the buildup of plaque on your teeth
  • Preventing illnesses such as strep throat and the common cold

How to Clean Your Tongue:

  1. Toothbrush

Most of those who brush their tongues use a toothbrush to remove the bacteria much as they would from their teeth. In order to properly clean your tongue, it’s important to brush the entire surface thoroughly, while some also like to use toothpaste and mouthwash in the process as well.

  1. Scraper

A scraper is a flat plastic tool specifically used for brushing your tongue. With a scraper, the best way to clean your tongue is to start from the back of your tongue and work your way forward. Unlike a toothbrush, a scraper lacks bristles so it may be difficult to reach certain areas a toothbrush could.

Whether you use a toothbrush or scraper, the team at Colchester encourages you to brush your tongue every day. When you go through the proper steps to take care of your oral health, you will get the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of.