Most people know the key to good oral hygiene is to brush your teeth and floss daily. What most people don’t know is that brushing your tongue is just as important as brushing your teeth. So brush your tongue!
The tongue has taste buds similar to small finger-like projections that can trap a lot of bacteria. This bacteria trapped on the tongue can lead to bad breath or even worse! If this bacteria is not removed with a toothbrush or tongue scraper, it can lead to other health issues. Since the mouth is the gateway to the body, excess bacteria on the tongue can affect the immune system.
Also, a layer of bacteria can prevent you from tasting your food. Not being able to taste food can lead to bad eating habits and poor digestion. Poor nutrition can lower your immune system and affect your overall health. If you notice a thick layer on your tongue, brush your tongue. A gentle tongue scraper is a better option between the two since it can remove more bacteria than your toothbrush can.
If you have oral hygiene questions or need a recommendation for a good tongue scraper, please call your Naperville dentist at Sherman Oaks Dental Naperville. The number to call is (630) 369-5225.