Nobody likes bad breath. Even though many people try to protect themselves from bad breath, they may still fail to avoid the stench of bad breath if proper oral hygiene is not kept. One area of the mouth that is most commonly known to create bad breath is the tongue. In fact, people often neglect the tongue during brushing, and poor brushing habits contribute to poor dental hygiene. People often forget that the tongue needs love too.
At Foothill Dental Care in Livermore, we know what it takes to eliminate bad breath and how you can create some good habits that will help in maintaining your dental hygiene. Although many of our in patients Livermore have busy schedules and are tasked with caring for their families, they still understand the importance of brushing their teeth twice a day, including their tongue.
You probably remember getting told as a kid, “brush your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss.” However, how many times do you remember being told to brush your tongue? Probably not many. According to the dentists at the American Dental Association, there is a large concentration of bacteria that lives on your tongue that contributes to tooth decay, bad breath, and other oral conditions (ada.org, 2017).
If it’s been over six months since your last orthodontic appointment, it may be about time to call Foothill Dental Care in Livermore at (925) 961-5484 to schedule an appointment today.
Importance of Brushing Your Tongue
The mouth is the ideal location for bacteria to live since it is moist, dark, and warm. Plus, there is usually lots of food particles left over in the mouth to feed bacteria. Although some of the bacteria in the mouth can have beneficial aspects, most bacteria is bad and can even damage the enamel on the teeth, which may lead to gum disease and cavities. Much of the bacteria in the mouth lives on the tongue since it is the most central part of the mouth and key to language articulation. This is part of the reason it is so important to brush the tongue: to keep it from accumulating too much bacteria.
The three most importance benefits of brushing your tongue are:
- Better Smelling Breath
- Better Tasting Ability
- Better Oral Health
To learn more about how to brush your tongue or why we should brush our tongue, call Foothill Dental Care in Livermore at (925) 961-5484 to schedule an appointment today.