“You brush twice a day, but you could be doing your mouth a disservice if you aren’t also attacking the bacteria living on your tongue.” Dr Trakhtman says. Whether it’s to fight bad breath or just for good dental health, cleaning your tongue is important.
5 REASONS TO BRUSH YOUR TONGUE EVERY DAY
#1 IMPROVES THE BREATH:
When looked under a magnifying glass, hundreds and thousands of small bumps will become visible on the tongue. These bumps are known as papillae, which harbour bacteria that cause bad breath. Our mouth is the home of 600 different types of bacteria and a single saliva drop contains 1 million of those bacteria. Our entire tongue remains moist due to saliva. So, can you ever imagine the number of bacteria present on our tongue? By removing the bacteria, food debris, fungi, and dead cells from the tongue you significantly reduces halitosis or bad breath.
#2 IMPROVES YOUR ABILITY TO TASTE:
Our tongue is the home of our taste buds. Around 8,000 taste buds live on our tongue. Removing build-up from the surface of your tongue will better expose your taste buds. This will lead to better enjoyment of the flavors of your food. By the way, the tongue is not the only place where taste buds live. Taste buds can also be found on the inside of our cheeks, on lips, on the roof of our mouth and even under the tongue.
#3 IMPROVES DENTAL HEALTH:
By removing bacteria and toxins, you are also contributing to better dental health as well, leading to healthier teeth and gums. The bacteria that you remove from your tongue are responsible for things like plaque build-up, tooth decay and gum infections.
#4 YOUR TONGUE IS A REFLECTION OF YOUR INTERNAL ORGANS
Did you know your tongue is a mirror reflection of your internal organs? The tongue is mapped out to reflect various parts of your internal body. You can learn so much about what is going on in particular areas just by looking at your tongue. For example, the colour of the tongue can tell a lot about a person’s health. Here are some color indications about health: Pink tongue = good health; white tongue = fungal infection and yellow tongue = stomach problem or fever.
#5 AVOID TOXINS BEING REABSORBED INTO YOUR BODY:
As you sleep, your body is detoxifying. Much of the film on your tongue is toxins excreted from your body. You don’t want to re-ingest that do you? NO! Scraping your tongue first thing in the morning will remove this sludge from your tongue and from your body, improving your over all health and improving your immune system.
How do you brush your tongue?
Using a mouthwash won’t remove bacteria from the tongue. It’s necessary to physically remove the bacteria by brushing.
- Brush your tongue with a toothbrush
- Brush your tongue from back to front
- top of your tongue (underside is less important)
- Some people prefer to use a tongue scraper, available in most drug stores. The American Dental Association says there is no evidence that these work any better than brushes.
How often should you brush your tongue?
Each time you brush your teeth, finish your dental care routine with a tongue cleaning. At a minimum, clean your tongue once in the morning and once in the evening before bedtime.
Bad Breath Still a Problem?
Cleaning your tongue usually makes bad breath go away, but if it’s still a problem, you may want to consult with a dentist. Your problem could be more serious, as bad breath can be caused by gum disease, tooth decay and an infection in your mouth.