When brushing your teeth, it can be easy to forget about brushing your tongue. The activity, after all, is just called brushing your teeth, so it’s understandable why some skip the step entirely. Bacteria can grow on every surface in your mouth, that includes the tongue. If not properly cared for, your tongue can breed bacteria that causes halitosis, infection, and discoloration.
Is It Really That Important?
The long and short of it is, yes. Cleaning your tongue is incredibly important for your overall oral health. When you clean your tongue, you scrape off any bacterial buildup or food that remains on the surface, keeping it clean and preventing bad breath and bacterial growth. Keeping your tongue clean is just as important as keeping your teeth clean.
Are There Any Other Steps I Can Take?
Flossing is another indispensable part of your oral healthcare routine. When cleaning your mouth, the point is to get as much food debris off as possible, so brushing, flossing, scraping your tongue, and gargling are all helpful steps to achieve that. Brushing gets out plaque and surface debris, flossing gets rid of scraps in between teeth, scraping is for your tongue, and gargling can dislodge any food or tonsil stones in the back of your throat.
Regular professional cleanings are another important aspect of oral healthcare. We recommend coming in for a cleaning every 6 months. You can schedule an appointment with us here.