While most people ensure they brush their teeth twice a day and floss to maintain good oral hygiene, they tend to forget to clean an essential and dirty part of their mouth – The TONGUE!
Yes, if you want to stay at the top of your oral hygiene game and oral and overall health, you also need to pay attention to your tongue. You may ask, why? Keep reading ahead to know the importance of brushing your tongue.
The mouth is dark, warm, and moist, forming a perfect habitat for bacteria to proliferate. Our mouth is home to millions of bacteria. These bacteria metabolize the sugars from our food and release toxic and acidic substances into the mouth. These acidic by-products attack the tooth and lead to dental cavities.
These bacteria also take haven on the tongue, especially in the crevices, and while a tongue cannot develop cavities, it can suffer from infections, giving rise to fungal infections. The tongue holds millions of bacteria that go unwashed and uncleaned. Any pathology of the tongue leads to bad breath, altered taste, and a foul taste in the mouth.
Therefore, if you wish to have complete control over your oral health, it is imperative that you start brushing and cleaning your tongue. There are a plethora of brushes and cleaners that are specifically designed for tongue cleaning in the market. If you are confused about which to choose, you can also consult our periodontist, Dr. Sanz. The tongue cannot be cleaned just by rinsing, and a physical aid is important to get rid of the accumulated debris and bacteria.
Once you inculcate tongue cleaning in your oral hygiene routine, you are bound to have fresher breath and overall good oral health. If you have any more questions or would like to schedule an appointment with us at Wilmington Periodontics and Implants, please reach out to us. Our team of exceptional dental professionals will be there to assist you.