Most of our patients are aware that brushing and flossing are important parts of keeping your mouth clean and fresh. But many do not know that they should brush their tongue as well. Here are a few additional reasons why you should try cleaning your tongue in addition to the steps already included in your dental health routine.
Most patients would be surprised to discover that the tongue holds most of the bacteria in your mouth. Although you may think differently, taste buds and other structures tiny crevices, small holes, and microscopic cracks in the surface of your tongue. As you eat and drink, bacteria can then hides in these spaces and forms biofilm. Biofilm is a tiny group of microorganisms that stick together and form a nasty substance that often appears as a white film on your tongue. Unfortunately, brushing, rinsing your mouth with water, or using mouthwash is not enough to remove this icky biofilm. And if all of the bacteria is not removed, it causes a host of problems. This is why it is so important to brush your tongue on a regular basis.
You may not know it, but your tongue can house thousands of tiny particles of bacteria that cause bad breath. Consequently, one of the biggest benefits of brushing your tongue is eliminating halitosis. Studies also suggest that 68% of bad breath cases were cured after a thorough tongue scrubbing. So if you are experiencing a nasty taste in your mouth, try incorporating a tongue brushing or scraping into your oral health routine.
There are a few helpful ways to properly clean bacteria from your tongue. Here are some of the possible techniques that we recommend to our patients:
How do you know if you’ve cleaned your tongue well enough? All you need to do is open your mouth, stick out your tongue, and take a look. Most of the time, you will be able to tell if you have brushed your tongue properly. If you can see a coating of biofilm then your tongue is not clean and you should keep brushing.
Dental experts suggest that there are other benefits to brushing your tongue. Some of these benefits include:
Here at our dental practice, we want all of our patients to know how important oral health is. If you have questions about the treatments we offer or general questions about oral hygiene, please feel free to peruse our website or give us a call for more information. Give us a call now to schedule your own appointment with Dr. Wassenaar.