Should you be cleaning your tongue?

Like every responsible person, you brush your teeth twice a day, and you floss at least once. But what about your tongue? Do you need to clean that too?

Yes, of course!

Cleaning your tongue should be part of your dental hygiene routine. Similar to your teeth, bacteria and food particles can stick around on your tongue for a long time. If you don’t clean your tongue and brush them away, the bacteria can quickly multiply.

Bacteria will form into a white layer on top of your tongue if you give it enough time, and I’m sure we’ve all seen that once or twice! This is called “biofilm”, and it is made of bacteria occupying your tongue. Not only does it look unattractive, but it also causes bad breath.

Rinsing your mouth with water or mouthwash simply won’t cut it. So what can you do? Show your tongue some love!

First you should contact your local dentist before starting a new dental hygiene routine. They can offer helpful insight on the best practices. The simplest way to start cleaning your tongue is using your toothbrush. Brush your tongue after cleaning your teeth, rinsing the toothbrush every so often to remove the bacteria and biofilm from the toothbrush.

If you want to take your tongue cleanliness to the next level, you can look into buying a tongue scraper. A tongue scraper is a specialised tool for tongue cleaning that will have your tongue as clean as a whistle in no time.

Tongue scrapers are carried by most chemists and a lot of big-box stores. Talk to your dentist about tongue cleaners, and they should be able to give you a professional recommendation. Give them a thorough clean every so often, and they can last you a very long time!

Contact us today if you are looking for ways to improve your oral hygiene!

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