Why Cleaning Your Tongue Is as Important as Brushing Your Teeth


Brushing our teeth is a routine or a norm for most of us. It’s a part of our daily schedule. Most of us are well aware of the fact that brushing our teeth has numerous benefits and how it protects our teeth. We give so much importance to brushing our teeth and flossing that we forget that tongue cleaning is also crucial for our oral health. If you want great oral health, you should clean your tongue regularly.

Woman Brushing her Teeth

Why Tongue Cleaning Is Important

Cleaning of tongue is importantThere are lots of bacteria present in your mouth and majority of them stay on your tongue. Bacteria come from the environment as well as the food and beverages you consume. Papillae are tiny bumps which cover the surface of your tongue and bacteria is found within the grooves of these bumps. Bacteria and residual food particles in your mouth can cause a serious problem like halitosis which is also known as “bad breath”. It also causes white discoloration of your tongue. Apart from this, it is very likely that the bacteria can redeposit onto your gums and teeth due to its presence on your tongue. If ignored, all these can cause serious problems like tooth decay.

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How to Clean Your Tongue

It is quite simple to brush your tongue. All you need is a toothbrush and not some fancy tool. There are two ways to clean your tongue. The first method is called brushing. In this method, you brush your tongue with a moist toothbrush gently from the back of your tongue to the front. It can be done after brushing your teeth but before rinsing. You should take extra toothpaste to make sure you have enough toothpaste residue on your toothbrush and mouth even after spitting and after brushing your teeth. Gently scrub your tongue and the roof of your mouth and rinse afterward.

The second method is called “scraping”. You can find a tongue scraper at a medical store. It glides well on the surface of your tongue and removes the layer of mucus, debris, and bacteria.

Stick your tongue out and place the scraper at the back of the tongue. Then slide the scraper down along the surface of your tongue towards the tip. Rinse your scraper and repeat scraping until the entire surface of your tongue is scraped.

Tongue cleaning plays a crucial role in your oral well-being. Clean your tongue regularly using one of the previous methods and have great oral health.

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One thought on “Why Cleaning Your Tongue Is as Important as Brushing Your Teeth”

  1. As disadvantages, scrapers tend to just clean the surface of your tongue, as opposed to down in grooves and furrows like possibly bristles can. And you may be more likely to create tissue trauma when using one, at least until you get the hang of using it. This is especially true when cleaning its rear-most portion.

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