Believe it or not our tongue is a vital part of our oral and overall body health. Keeping your tongue clean is a very important part of your oral hygiene. The easiest way to do that is to brush your tongue. What you may not know is that our tongues hold over 10,000 taste buds, And double the amount of bacteria. Bacteria that hide out on our tongues can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath. The easiest way to keep our tongues and mouth clean is to gently brush your tongue while brushing her teeth.
A tongue scraper is a fabulous idea also.
Tongue scrapers can reduce the presence of volatile sulfur compounds significantly (caused when amino acids and bacteria interact). Tongue scrapers can also help reduce build-up in the back of your throat caused by a sinus infections or allergies. Just be gentle when you scrape.
Here are a few points to why you should keep a clean tongue….
- Some people believe that by reducing the amount of bacteria we swallow in our saliva all the time, we can stay healthier.
- A cleaner tongue can actually make food taste better!
- When your tongue is cleaner, your entire mouth—including teeth and gums—stays cleaner.
- It’s a great line of defense against bacteria-caused halitosis!
So next time you brush your teeth ….don’t forget about taking care of your tongue.