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Is Tongue Cleaning Important?

Posted on 4/24/2023 by Dr. Michael Han
Is Tongue Cleaning Important?Many people pay attention to their gums and teeth but often neglect the tongue. Cleaning the tongue plays a big role in your oral health. The tongue contains elevations and crevices, which can be a hiding place for bacteria. Cleaning the tongue with a normal toothbrush or a scrapper is a good way to get rid of the bacteria and food debris. Read on and learn more reasons why tongue cleaning is important.

Control bad breath

Bacteria buildup is the leading cause of bad breath. Bad breath can also result from food remnants and dead skin cells. According to a study, cleaning the tongue twice daily is vital in ensuring a fresh mouth. Cleaning reduces the number of bacteria that causes bad breath and tooth decay.

Enhance taste

The tongue's texture allows it to collect food debris and bacteria. After some time, these substances will result in a multilayered biofilm on the tongue's surface. This makes it challenging to distinguish between sweet, sour, and salty food. Cleaning your tongue helps to remove the biofilm so you can enjoy all kinds of food.

Reduce the risk of oral issues

A buildup of bacteria in the mouth can contribute to gum diseases and tooth decay. Besides, it can create inflammatory responses that can proceed to periodontal diseases. Luckily, you can remove bacteria and reduce their growth through tongue cleaning. A clean and fresh tongue means maintaining a good balance between essential bacteria in your mouth.

Boost your immunity

Your oral health can impact your immune system. The buildup of bacteria and toxins in the mouth can weaken your immune system by making it work continuously against the bacteria in the mouth. Scraping and brushing your tongue helps eliminate the bacteria, ensuring the proper functioning of the immune system. It is also advisable to keep up with regular dental visits. Contact us to learn more about tongue cleaning and professional oral checkups.


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