It is understood that oral health includes properly caring for your teeth and gums. Many do not know that even your tongue plays a role. This is why dentists recommend brushing your tongue as well as your teeth. Your tongue can be a fertile breeding ground for bacteria that multiply over time. Dr. Mark Caceres and his Marietta, GA dental team are committed to educating patients on the elements of good oral hygiene.
What Happens When You Don’t Brush Your Tongue
When you skip cleaning your tongue it impacts your dental health. You may notice patches of color forming on your tongue. These patches of color are the foods that you’ve eaten as well as the microorganisms that have formed a film over time. When the tongue isn’t consistently brushed, a biofilm composed of saliva, food particles, and bacteria forms on the tongue. This film can’t be washed away with water or mouthwash. Instead, this biofilm must be physically removed from the tongue. The biofilm can cause bad breath that is difficult to get rid of. Last, but not least, you’re also more prone to cavities.
When is the Best Time for Brushing Your Tongue
The solution is simple. Brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. Most of us understand that we need to care for our teeth and gums but few of us understand the value in caring for our tongues. The Marietta, GA dental team recommends brushing your tongue with a soft bristled brush every time you brush your teeth. Tongue scrapers can be used as well. You should also clean your tongue every time you brush. However, be gentle to avoid breaking the skin.
Proper oral hygiene includes consistently caring for your tongue as well as your teeth and gums. Brushing your tongue reduces the potential for cavities, bad breath, and other oral health issues. Please call us with any questions about your oral health or bad breath that won’t go away.