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Why Is It Important to Also Brush Your Tongue?

applying toothpasteIt’s easy to assume that good oral hygiene only involves brushing your teeth, but brushing your tongue is equally important to keep both your mouth and your teeth healthy.

Here are five key reasons why brushing your tongue is essential for a radiant smile.

1) Say Goodbye to Bacteria—and Bad Breath

The rough surface of your tongue is the perfect place for bacteria and unhealthy particles to hide. Scrubbing away these dead cells and bits of food is an easy way to clear up unpleasant odours and freshen your breath.

2) Stop Plaque in Its Tracks

Plaque, the sticky film of bacteria responsible for cavities, can build up on your tongue just like it can on your teeth. When you remove plaque from your tongue, you decrease its chances of affecting the nearby teeth and gums and causing dental issues down the track.

3) Enhance Your Taste Sensation

Did you know that buildup on your tongue can affect your ability to taste? When taste buds are buried under debris, they can’t function at 100%. Cleaning your tongue helps you perceive flavours accurately, so you can enjoy every bite.

4) Improve Overall Oral Hygiene

Your whole mouth is interconnected, and a problem in one area can quickly lead to major issues somewhere else. By paying attention to the health of your tongue, you improve the wellness of your teeth and gums.

5) Look Your Best—and Know It!

Don’t let discolouration and buildup affect the appearance of your tongue. As you improve your smile by brushing your tongue, you’ll feel more confident every time you smile wide.

It’s Time to Step Up Your Oral Hygiene

Our dentists recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush or tongue scraper, and gently brushing from back to front to ensure bacteria find their way out of your mouth.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your oral health. We’d love to talk more about your dental needs and what you can do to keep your smile brilliant.

* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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