A significant factor in maintaining good oral and dental health is brushing your teeth at least twice daily. Cleaning your tongue is just as important! Both are vital parts of the oral hygiene regimen.
The tongue is a large organ that holds most of the bacteria that exist inside of the mouth. Most of the bacteria in the mouth are harbored on the tongue. While brushing the teeth eliminates the bacteria clinging to the teeth, the bacteria on the tongue will transfer to your teeth over a few hours. Cleaning the tongue removes harmful, odor causing buildup and eliminates bacteria from spreading. Also, it helps significantly to prevent bad breath.
Cleaning the tongue is very easy. Apply a small amount of toothpaste and gently brush along the surface of the tongue, beginning from the root and gradually working your way to the tip. For the most thorough cleaning, use a tongue scraper. Typically, a tongue scraper is made of a soft and flexible material. It helps to gently remove the thin layer of debris on that sits on the surface of the tongue. Remember to rinse the tongue scraper after each use.
Benefits of cleaning your tongue:
– Removal of harmful bacteria and plaque that can lead to gum disease and other illnesses.
– Prevents odor-causing germs from accumulating on the tongue.
– Your food will have more flavor! The removal of the film of plaque that tapers your taste buds will allow you to enjoy flavors with better intensity.
So, remember to implement tongue cleaning in your daily oral hygiene routine– once in the morning and once at night!