Do I Need To Brush My Tongue?

Friday, January 8, 2016

The tongue is covered with many little tissue projections called papillae.

Your tongue is covered by a tissue called papillae. Papillae serves many functions for your mouth like taste. Unfortunately, due to their structure papillae also offers an area in your mouth for bacteria to stay. 
The bacteria that live in your papillae can cause conditions like poriodontitis, cavities, and halitosis. Halitosis, better known as bad breath, is caused by these bacterias that live on your tongue. This means that brushing your tongue is key in eliminating bad breath

Additionally, you should brush your tongue in order to full eliminate the bacteria and germs in your mouth. If you do not eliminate these germs and bacteria then you will be subject to periodontitis and cavities.

Dr. Lechner also advises you to scrape your tongue with a special tool. Dr. Lechner recommends doing this in the morning before brushing so you have an opportunity to wash these germs and bacteria out. 

Dr. Lechner offers a few brushing tips here:

  • Angle your toothbrush at 45-degrees.
  • Utilize short strokes to gently scrub the inner, outer, and bottom surface of your teeth.
  • Brush your tongue in order to remove even more germs and bacteria

For more information and effective bushing techniques please visit animated-teeth.

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