Do You Need to Brush Your Tongue?

young man looking in a mirror brushing his tongue

For great oral health, it’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day. What about your tongue? Keeping your tongue clean should be part of your daily oral hygiene routine. Here’s why:

Brushing Your Tongue Prevents Cavities & Gum Disease

After you eat or drink, bacteria in your mouth produce acid. Over time, this acid breaks down your tooth enamel and can cause gum disease. Flossing and tooth-brushing take care of the bacteria on your gums and teeth. If you neglect your tongue, you’ll still have acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. After only a few hours, the bacteria spread back to your teeth and gums through your saliva. Brush your tongue every day to avoid decay and gum disease.

Brushing Your Tongue Treats Bad Breath

Bad breath is officially known as halitosis. A few causes exist, but poor oral hygiene is one of the main ones. Odor-causing bacteria live in the plaque and tartar on your gums and teeth, but your tongue traps bacteria, too. Adding a tongue brush to your daily routine can freshen your breath.

Brushing Keeps Your Tongue Healthy

A healthy tongue is pink with small, painless bumps on the surface. If you notice color or texture changes, you might have a problem caused by bacteria buildup. Poor oral hygiene can also lead to oral thrush, which is a fungal infection that causes white patches in your mouth. If you notice tongue changes, please visit our office for a diagnosis. After receiving treatment, it’s a good idea to start brushing your tongue.

Get Great Oral Care at Growing Smiles Pediatric and Family Dentistry

Combined with tooth brushing, flossing, and professional cleanings, tongue brushing is part of a great oral hygiene routine. We’re proud to serve both kids and adults at our offices in Voorhees and Mount Laurel, NJ! If you have questions about our services or want to schedule an appointment, please contact us today.

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