Why Cleaning Your Tongue is Important & the Proper Technique

Brushing your teeth is widely known and accepted as an important health and hygiene practice; As parents we demonstrate it and as doctors we preach it’s importance. However, what sometimes gets overshadowed by teeth cleaning is the practice of cleaning your tongue. Find out why brushing or cleaning your tongue is just as important and the best techniques for doing so.


Why do you need to clean your tongue?

Brushing your tongue isn’t just something that helps to eliminate bad breath; it is also key to maintaining good, dental health. By brushing your tongue, you’re helping to remove plaque, one of the biggest agents of bad breath and bacteria growth. Because tongues have a rigid, elevations and depressions, debris and bacteria get easily caught and most often cannot be removed with a simple washing or swishing of water or mouthwash.


Technique for Brushing Your Tongue

You do not necessarily need any fancy tool to clean your tongue with other than a toothbrush and the technique is rather simple. You should gently brush from the back of your tongue to the front and side to side to release and remove any bacteria or debris that has compiled. Because your tongue is rigid and uneven, these changes in motions will help to get to all the bacteria. After you’ve spent a few seconds brushing, you can rinse your mouth out with water.

Some people do prefer to use a tongue scraper or brush, which is designed with the contour of the tongue in mind for a more comfortable, cleaning process. You can find those at most drug or convenience stores.

Cleaning Your Tongue Daily Keeps Bacteria & Bad Breath Away

Brushing your tongue takes only seconds and has enough benefits that it should be added to your daily teething-cleaning routine.

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