Did you give your tongue a thorough brushing this morning?
If not, you should have.
Because brushing your teeth might actually be more important than you think. That’s right, you might hear about brushing and flossing all the time – but you hear about the importance of brushing your tongue a lot less, which is unfortunate. That’s why our Dentists in Garden Grove are coming to you today with a tip that’s so simple it would almost be impossible not to follow: brush your tongue more. Here’s 5 reasons why.
It’s Really, Really Easy
If there was a surefire way to save money, become healthier, and get better tasting food in the process – would you do it? Of course you would! The simplest and most straightforward reason to brush your tongue is because it’s so easy to do – even easier than brushing your teeth. It’s the fastest way you can quickly take care of a large percentage of the bacteria in your mouth that can contribute to cavities, bad breath, and gingivitis.
Yes! it makes your food taste better
Imagine drinking a beverage through a straw that’s covered in a thin film of bacteria. It probably wouldn’t taste as good as it could, would it? In the very same way, brushing your tongue is also an easy way to enhance the flavors of your food by scraping away the extra gunk building up on your tongue. When you scrape that layer away – your taste buds are much more exposed to your favorite flavors.
It helps you get rid of bad breath
Some studies say that the largest cause of your bad breath is the crap that’s hanging out on your tongue. Food particles, bacteria, and fungus all stick to your tongue – and if you stick it out right now, you’ll probably see a bunch of build-up already there. It could be white, yellow, or even brown. The thing is, if you don’t scrape away this build-up, it can get pretty stinky. Brush your tongue for an instant boost to your breath.
Tongue scrapers lead to fewer cavities
Cavities occur because of bacteria and toxins that contribute to plaque. When plaque builds up on your teeth – cavities happen. But by taking care of one of the largest bacteria havens in your mouth, your tongue, you’re significantly cutting back on the available fuel that plaque has to feed on.
It’s good for your immune system
By scraping your tongue, you actively prevent certain toxins from getting into your body. Think about it this way – when you’re sick, sucking on a cough drop, sneezing, coughing, and hacking up a lung, a lot of germy gunk can build up on your tongue. If you haven’t learned by now — build-up is bad. With a quick scrape, you take care of all of it and prevent any problematic germs from sticking around in your system for too long.
Brushing your tongue is just the beginning. Have you put off dental treatment for too long? Our dentists in Garden Grove work with all kinds of patients to make safe, modern, and affordable dental care a reality for patients of all ages in the Anaheim area. Check out our new patient specials and get in touch today to learn more.