Importance of Brushing Your Tongue

Posted on 6/7/2021 by Brian Rounds, DDS
Importance of Brushing Your TongueWith our busy schedule, we barely get to brush our teeth properly before rushing off to work or starting our day. However, amidst all that rush, we often forget a crucial aspect of dental hygiene which is brushing our tongue. Here are a few reasons why brushing your tongue is so important.

Removes Buildup of Bacteria

Just like bacteria and germs buildup on your teeth, they tend to collect on your tongue as well. When you don't brush your tongue for a long time, these bacteria continue to grow and collect in your mouth.

Eventually, these bacteria start spreading to your teeth and gums which causes various dental problems. That's why brushing your tongue is important for your overall oral health.

Eliminates Bad Odor from the Mouth

The buildup of bacteria doesn't just cause problems for your teeth, but it can also affect your social life in the form of bad breath. Have you noticed that you would brush your teeth and chew on some mint, but it would only chase away that bad smell temporarily?

That's because you're not addressing the root cause of the problem which is the bacteria on your tongue. Therefore, brushing your tongue can help get rid of all that odor-causing bacteria.

Improves Taste

Removing the layer of bacteria and plaque by brushing your tongue also better exposes your taste buds. Since there is nothing coming in between now, you are able to absorb the flavor of your food properly, thereby improving your taste and allowing you to enjoy your food to the fullest.

Promotes a Healthy Immune System and Digestive System

Your tongue is like the gateway to your stomach and entire body. Regularly brushing your tongue ensures that any toxins and bacteria trapped there are cleaned away and not absorbed into your body. This way you can protect your digestive system and promote a healthy immune system.
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