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What Happens If You Don't Clean Your Tongue?


Posted on 6/5/2023 by Evan
What Happens If You Don't Clean Your Tongue?Teeth brushing helps to ensure a healthy mouth, but do you know that cleaning your tongue is also important? Your tongue houses various bacteria and allowing them to build up can cause long-term issues. If you ignore tongue cleaning, bacteria in the mouth can multiply and spread to various parts of the mouth, causing oral issues such as:

Bad Breath


Bacteria buildup is the leading cause of bad breath. Also known as halitosis, bad breath occurs when the odor-causing bacteria thrive. This usually occurs at the back of the tongue, an area that is challenging to clean with a toothbrush. Fortunately, a tongue scraper can help to remove bacteria, toxins, and dead skin cells from the tongue surface. Its unique shape helps to clean even the furthest part of the tongue.

Dull Taste Buds


The tongue consists of taste buds, and sensory organs that allow you to differentiate tastes such as bitter, sweet, and sour. Failing to clean your tongue will lead to the build-up of food particles, bacteria, and dead cells, leaving a substance known as a biofilm. This makes the sense of taste become dull, and you may not enjoy food flavors. A good way to improve taste sensation is by cleaning your tongue to remove the biofilm.

Gum Disease


Bacteria building up on the tongue can also cause gum disease. If not removed, bacteria can spread to various parts of the mouth, including the gum line. This irritates the gums, causing inflammation and gum infection. Over time, the infection can damage bone and gum tissues, affecting your teeth and oral health. In this case, adding tongue cleaning to your oral care routine is vital. This may involve scraping your tongue at least twice a day. Reach out to us and learn how to scrap your tongue to improve your oral health.

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