Posted on 3/30/2020 by OM
|Most toothbrushes nowadays come with a built-in tongue cleaner. However, you may have also seen devices made to specifically clean your tongue. Besides the obvious reason to get a tongue cleaner, are there any other reasons?
Whether you choose a built-in tongue cleaner or an independent tooth cleaner, there are many benefits to cleaning your tongue. It's important to clean your tongue because bacteria can grow anywhere in your mouth. Besides tooth decay, these bacteria cause a whole host of other problems that make it necessary to clean your tongue.
Cleaning Your Tongue to Avoid Halitosis
Halitosis is a condition which causes habitual bad breath. While many people experience halitosis because a medical condition, others may get it from a dirty tongue. When bacteria feed off the leftover food in our mouths, they leave a smelly byproduct. Don't be too grossed out. It's just nature. If you don't scrub your tongue regularly, bacterial waste sits in your mouth causing bad breath.
Cleaning Your Tongue to Taste Better
Cleaning your tongue is not only beneficial to those around you. You too can personally benefit from a clean tongue. When you clean your tongue, you refresh your taste buds. Not all of us are a sommelier who can taste the difference between a vintage Pinot and a grocery store Pinot. However, you'll notice things taste better if you put in the extra effort to keep your tongue clean. You may even find a new favorite food.
Proper dental care is important and taking care of your tongue is part of a good dental care routine. Besides brushing your tongue daily, you should try to visit our dental office at least every six months for a teeth cleaning. A teeth cleaning will make sure your mouth is free from harmful bacteria. Call us today if you'd like to schedule a teeth cleaning.