Did you know that billions of bacteria are in your mouth are on your tongue right now? Your Treasure Coast dentist would tell you that brushing your tongue on a regular basis is just as important as brushing your teeth. Unfortunately, when it comes to dental hygiene, the tongue is the most neglected part.
When you’re giving your tongue a good clean, start brushing the entire top surface of the back of your tongue before you work your way towards the opening of your mouth. Brush gently to avoid breaking your tongue’s surface and causing it to bleed.
The buildup of bacteria and plaque on your tongue will dull your taste buds and mute the flavors of your food. If you want to enjoy your favorite foods, you’ll have to expose more of your taste buds by cleaning your tongue.
Layers of foul-smelling bacteria tend to cling to the sticky film that builds up on the surface of your tongue. You
can’t get rid of them just by rinsing or using mouthwashes and gargles. You have to brush your tongue to keep your oral cavity healthier and your breath fresher.
It’s important to note that even if you brush your teeth well, the food particles and bacteria that build up on your tongue can still reach your gums and teeth. If left unaddressed, the presence of harmful bacteria will lead to the development of tooth decay, cavities, and deep pockets between your teeth and gums.
An infection called the oral thrush is triggered by an overgrowth of yeast in your mouth. If left untreated, the bacteria levels can build up and cause white patches to develop on the surfaces of your tongue. To fix this problem, you’ll have to take antifungal medication and ensure regular tongue brushing to prevent oral thrush from returning.
At Smooth Sailing Dental, you can count on us to provide you with the highest quality dental care possible in a warm, safe, and comfortable atmosphere. Get in touch with our team to make an appointment today.