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Why It’s Important to Clean Your Tongue

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Tongue brushing may not currently be part of your current dental routine, but there are many reasons why you might want to consider it next time you brush.

Tongues and dental bacteria

The bacteria in your mouth may love to sit on your teeth and eat through your protective enamel, but the majority of bacteria like to hang around at the back of your mouth on your tongue. Bacteria is then able to spread to the rest of your teeth and mouth even after you’ve thoroughly brushed your teeth.

Tongues and bad breath

80 percent of bad breathΒ casesΒ can be related to the bacteria at the back of your tongue. This same bacteria is responsible for gingivitis and tooth decay, both of which can lead to a smelly smile. The bacteria on your tongue becomes stuck between the grooves and spreads to the surface of your teeth over the course of the day, between your morning and evening tooth brushings.

Tongue cleaners

Getting rid of bacteria on the tongue is, thankfully, relatively easy and a simple plastic tongue scraper can be used to remove the majority of bacteria from the tongue. Used in conjunction with your usual oral health routine, a tongue cleaner can ensure that your mouth is truly squeaky clean and plaque free. Don’t forget, flossing between your teeth is also highly recommended as it helps to remove bacteria and debris that can remain stubbornly stuck and hidden between the teeth. For more hygiene information, contact Harley Street Dental Studio in the heart of London.

 

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