Why Is My Dentist Always Telling Me To Brush My Tongue?

brushing your tongue

We all know that good dental hygiene starts with brushing your teeth, but did you know you should also be brushing your tongue? Bacteria can build up on your tongue from the gathering of microorganisms. Removing the bacteria that?s built up on your tongue is a lot more difficult than removing it from your teeth. This is because the biofilm cells on your tongue are still thriving under the surface.

How To Brush Your Tongue

When brushing your teeth, you want to be sure you are brushing your tongue as well. Just use your toothbrush and the same technique as you use on your teeth. A great tool you could purchase is a tongue scraper. This peels mucus from the tongue, removing any bacteria left after brushing. Provide light pressure and brush back and forth; then rinse your mouth and brush with warm water.

Benefits of Brushing Your Tongue

  • Removes hazardous toxins
  • Removes plaque
  • Enhances taste buds
  • Saliva production is increased which leads to better digestion
  • Eliminates bad breath

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