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5 Reasons To Always Brush Your Tongue

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You may have your oral hygiene routine down pat—brushing at least twice daily, flossing daily, visiting the dentist for regular cleanings—but how often do you remember to brush your tongue?

Brushing Tongue

Brushing your tongue daily is an important part of good oral hygiene. You can buy a special device called a tongue scraper, which removes bacteria, fungi, food debris, and dead cells from the surface of your tongue.

Here are some reasons to always brush your tongue!

  1. Fresher Breath

    Brushing your tongue removes bacteria, food debris, and fungi from the surface of your tongue, which are all things that can cause bad breath. Brushing the tongue can help give you much fresher breath and has long lasting effects.

  2. Dental Health

    A buildup of bacteria in the mouth leads to an accumulation of plaque. Plaque is responsible for all sorts of nasty dental problems, such as cavities, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Keeping your whole mouth clean and free of bacteria is important for the health of your smile.

    Keeping your tongue clean also removes bacteria that could otherwise get caught in your gums and cause gingivitis, which, if left untreated, can lead to gum disease and cause serious problems for your oral health and overall health.

  3. Night Guards

    Many people wear dental night guards while they sleep. If you wear a dental night guard to treat tooth grinding or use one as an orthodontic device, more bacteria can accumulate in your mouth. Brushing your teeth in the morning can help remove some of the bacteria that builds up as a result of wearing a dental night guard.

  4. Detoxify

    Scraping or brushing your tongue can also remove any toxins and prevent them from being re-absorbed into the mouth. It’s a great way to detoxify before bed or first thing in the morning.

  5. Improve Your Taste

    By clearing all the gunk away, you can fully expose your taste buds, which will improve your ability to taste and enjoy food and drinks.

While you can use a toothbrush to brush your tongue, this sometimes just spreads the bacteria around. Instead, you can purchase a plastic or metal tongue scraper; they are easy to find and inexpensive! When scraping your tongue, scrape from the root of the tongue to the tip, rinsing your tongue scraper in between. Be gentle and take care when scraping the back of your tongue as it can be a delicate area. If you are using a toothbrush, use one with soft bristles. You can also rinse your mouth out with mouthwash after to eliminate all the bacteria you can!

Brushing or scraping your tongue is a great addition to your daily oral hygiene routine. Speak to your dentist if you have any further questions about keeping your mouth clean and healthy!


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Dr. Stacey Stein
A graduate from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, Dr. Stacy Stein provides personalized care to each patient by explaining the risks and benefits of different treatment options in an honest way, and involves patients in their own care. With a focus on preventative, paediatrics, restorative, prosthodontics, and endodontics, she loves working with patients of all ages.