We know the routine. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes and make sure to get to those hard to reach places. Floss at least once a day to ensure that there are no food debris stuck in between your teeth. We’ve done this so many times that we no longer think about it when doing this daily routine. What we do not think about though is if this is enough to maintain good oral hygiene. When it comes to oral hygiene, the teeth should not be the only focus. It should include the gums and the tongue. We already know how important the gums are but we always forget about the tongue.
I think it is safe to say that almost all of us enjoy eating. We love tasting the different flavors that come with our favorite meals. We enjoy the texture and the synergies received from all kinds of flavors. Being able to taste delicious food is just one of the simple pleasures in life and the tongue is responsible for it. We can replace our teeth with artificial ones, but we cannot replace our tongue. Let’s take a look and find out what happens if we don’t start the practice of cleaning our tongues as part of our oral hygiene routines.
If you think that just brushing and flossing are enough to get rid of bad breath then you are sorely mistaken. An overgrowth of bacteria on your tongue, especially at the back of the tongue, gives off a foul stench. Make it a habit to brush your tongue to prevent bacteria build-up and avoid embarrassing situations.
Dull Taste Buds
Bacteria build-up on the tongue does not only cause stinky breath but it also hinders or reduces your sense of taste. The layer of bacteria, food debris and dead cells can cover up your taste buds preventing you from enjoying the delicious flavors from your food.
The good news is that your tongue will not actually grow hair. The bad news is, it’s still nasty and is caused when the papillae on your tongue get stained from drinks like coffee, choco and other dark-colored drinks. It gives your tongue a disgusting hairy appearance.
Hairy black tongue by WCPO Cincinnati
This happens if the bacteria in your mouth grow out of control and naturally occurring yeast starts to appear. This causes white patches to appear on your tongue which are not very pleasant to look at.
Tongue with yeast infection by 100 Home Remedies
This attachment can be added to your AutoBrush® to clean your tongue automatically and thoroughly. Seamlessly remove ALL odor-causing bacteria from your tongue and experience amazingly fresh breath!
Cleaning your tongue removes layers of food particles, bacteria and dead cells that collect naturally every day. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), The AutoBrush® Automatic Tongue Scraper helps prevent bad breath and gets rid of the accumulation of oral bacteria that carry unpleasant odors and cause tooth decay.
According to a study by the American Academy of Periodontology, it is more effective to scrape your tongue than to brush it? Scrapers get a deeper grasp of the coated layer of bacteria on your tongue than a toothbrush. The Autobrush® Automatic Tongue Scraper removes bacteria effectively from top to bottom, rather than pushing the bacteria around to accumulate.