Have you started to brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth? Were you told that brushing your tongue is an important part of preserving your oral health? Did you know that these claims aren’t actually true?
Cleaning your tongue isn’t actually necessary, especially if you brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time, floss daily, and visit a dentist every six months. One of the most important things you can do to protect your oral health is removing the bacteria that could ultimately lead to gum disease. While it is true that your tongue could have bacteria on it—and that the bacteria may spread back to your teeth—it takes at least 24 hours for plaque to form. This means that as long as you brush at least once a day, the bacteria on your tongue won’t cause plaque.
But please don’t misunderstand. It’s not necessarily a bad idea to brush your tongue. In fact, it may even help you, especially if you have persistent bad breath. As mentioned before, there are bacteria on your tongue. Unfortunately, that can lead to unpleasant odors. In fact, if you have a good deal of bacteria on your tongue, a tongue scraper or a toothbrush with a built-in cleaner may help you. When it comes to bad breath, many people find brushing their tongue very beneficial. It may also be a good idea to brush your tongue after you eat certain foods, such as salmon, garlic, or onions. The taste of foods such as these can linger on your tongue.
Do you have any other questions about cleaning your tongue? Would you like to schedule an appointment with our team? If you answered yes to either question, please contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.