Why Your Tongue Needs to be Cleaned

Would it surprise you to learn that there are a quite a few things you should do if you’re interested in keeping your teeth clean? As you may know, if you brush and floss well, you may be able to prevent serious problems like gum disease and other issues such as bad breath from occurring. However, did you know that brushing your tongue might also help your oral health?   

While brushing your tongue isn’t completely necessary for your oral health, there are a few benefits you should expect to enjoy. For example, even though your tongue keeps itself clean fairly well, it could harbor bad bacteria—leading to bad breath. Similarly, plaque from your tongue could also spread to your molars if your tongue isn’t cleaned. However, this shouldn’t be a problem if you remember to brush and floss well.  

However, because many people struggle to brush their tongue with their brush, you may want to consider the benefits of a tongue scraper. As you may already have guessed, tongue scrapers are specifically designed to scrape bad bacteria off your tongue. If you decide to get a tongue scraper, there are several options you should consider—including a metal or plastic scraper. Different types of tongue scrapers may work better for different individuals.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the care you will receive from our team, or have any questions about cleaning the bacteria on your tongue in New Haven, CT, we invite you to contact Comprehensive Dental Health at 203-624-5515. Our dentist, Dr. Dr. Joseph Tagliarini, and our team will be glad to answer any of your questions. We look forward to hearing from you soon.