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The Importance of Cleaning Your Tongue

Published on February 21st, 2020

Yes, you brush your teeth daily to keep them white and looking their best, but you may be overlooking something important – your tongue. Yes, your tongue. It’s just as critical to brush your tongue as your teeth for several important reasons.

Reduce Bacteria

Since the tongue carries so much bacteria, brushing it is one of the best ways to decrease these harmful bacteria. A build-up of bacteria can lead to cavities, tooth decay, plaque development and tooth discoloration.

Cleaner-Smelling Breath

When you regularly brush your tongue and remove all of those odor-causing bacteria, your breath will smell fresher. Cleaning the tongue helps get rid of the foul-smelling biofilm that forms on the tongue.

Better-Tasting Food

Once the biofilm is removed from your tongue, your food and beverages will taste better. That’s because your taste buds will be freed from all the bacteria and gunk that can dull your taste buds and affect how things taste.

Beyond Brushing

While brushing your tongue is highly effective, you can go further and purchase a tongue scraper, which is available in the dental section in most stores. The scraper helps clean the tongue more effectively for improved oral health and enhances any cosmetic dentistry procedure you receive.

Talk to Your Dentist

As part of your regular dental check-ups in Bloomingdale and West Loop, IL, talk to your dentist about the importance of cleaning your tongue and its impact on your oral hygiene. Contact the team at Pure Dental Spa for more information.

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