How Important is Brushing the Tongue?

How Important is Brushing the Tongue?

Should I Be Brushing My Tongue Too?

You most likely understand how important brushing your teeth is to your overall oral health. It can help prevent cavities and decay. But if no one told you yet, it is just as important that you start brushing the tongue too. It’s easy and you can do it when you brush your teeth. Here’s what you need to know about brushing your tongue.

What’s that on my tongue?

In many ways, brushing your tongue is just as important as brushing your teeth. Your tongue is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, and the biofilm of bacteria that forms on your tongue can cause problems ranging from bad breath to periodontal disease. No amount of rinsing or mouthwash will completely remove this bacteria so you will need to brush your tongue if you want to remove it.

Getting Rid of Bad Breath

Of course, not brushing your tongue is only one possible cause of bad breath. Tooth decay, periodontal disease, and health conditions such as diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders can cause just as many problems for some people. When you don’t brush or clean your tongue, the film that develops can cause you to have on-going halitosis. That’s not only bad for your dental health, but also for those you hang out with. It’s easy to get rid of it though by simply brushing your tongue with your toothbrush after you finish caring for your teeth. 

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Spieler at Oasis Dental if you have any concerns or questions about your oral health or brushing your tongue. Oasis Dental is located in Bala Cynwyd, PA, so don’t hesitate to make an appointment if you live in this area. Schedule an oral health checkup today!

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