You’ve got a solid dental routine. Twice a day you floss and brush your teeth for a very thorough two minutes. Your teeth and gums are the picture of health, but what about your tongue? If you don’t regularly clean your tongue, you are missing an important step in preserving your dental hygiene. Your tongue can harbor tons of bacteria, and this can be to the detriment of your teeth if it’s allowed to get out of control. Give your mouth the best chance at health by adding tongue cleaning to your daily routine.
Why does my tongue need to be cleaned?
In order for you tongue to taste as thoroughly and completely as it does, it can’t be smooth. Your tongue has a ton of tiny bumps all over it that allow food to be tasted. These bumps also create nooks and crannies. These little hiding spots are great at creating spaces for bacteria to thrive. In fact, there are species of bacteria on your tongue that can’t survive anywhere else in your mouth. In other words, your tongue is an easy home for bacteria. This is one of the leading causes of halitosis, or bad breath. Bacteria on the tongue can also lead to additional problems in your mouth like cavities and tooth decay.
How do I keep my tongue clean?
Thankfully, keeping your tongue in top notch health is not a difficult task. It can be as simple as using your toothbrush, and brushing from the back of your tongue to the front. Simply slip this extra step into the end of your tooth brushing routine, and you’ll never forget to clean your tongue again. If you want to get a little bit fancier with your tongue cleaning equipment, you can pick up a tool specifically created for removing bacteria from your tongue. This tool is kind of like a miniature squeegee for all of the gunk that builds up on your tongue.
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