Brushing and flossing are likely the only two things that come to mind when considering the requirements of practicing proper oral hygiene. However, your tongue demands just as much attention and care as your teeth.
Why You Need to Brush Your Tongue
Do you also brush your tongue when you brush your teeth? Your risk of cavities and halitosis (bad breath) rises if you do not. Your abrasive tongue is covered with pits and crevices, ideal hiding places for bacteria.
If you do not brush your tongue, these bacteria will transfer to your teeth shortly after brushing, increasing your risk of tooth decay even after cleaning your teeth. To avoid this and keep your smile as healthy as possible, include tongue care every time you floss and brush your teeth (which should be at least twice a day).
How Bacteria-Infested is Your Tongue?
Your tongue is a bacteria trap! This is why half of the United States population has halitosis. Poor tongue care is one of the main reasons for the condition (the others being smoking, alcohol and certain foods). The foul smell is due to the bacteria accumulating on your tongue.
The Tongue is one of the Most Important Muscular Organs of the Body.
Have you ever thought about how valuable and vital your tongue is? The tongue’s many functions—tasting, swallowing, digestion, breathing and speech — are essential for life. Those functions facilitate nearly everything a human being needs to survive and enjoy life.
Tongue Anatomy Fun Facts
The average tongue length is about four inches, with two-thirds of it being the part you see in your mouth (the anterior tongue) and the other one-third (the posterior tongue) resting in the back near the base of your throat.
While it may seem like your tongue is one muscle, it is actually made up of eight intrinsic and extrinsic muscles. The intrinsic muscles enable you to alter your tongue’s form and direct the tip in any direction without being connected to any bones. The extrinsic muscles are attached to the skeleton. They allow for a broader range of tongue movement, including changing position from left to right or up and down. When working in tandem, these muscles provide your tongue with the mobility to perform all its essential tasks.
Let Just Brush My Teeth Help You Keep Your Tongue Healthy
You should brush your tongue at least two times per day—the same as you should your teeth. In addition, you can use a tongue scraper and an antibacterial mouthwash. Most importantly, never forget to see your dentist two times per year for a deep clean.
At Just Brush My Teeth, we will ensure your tongue and every other part of your mouth are in perfect condition by the end of your appointment. Contact us to schedule your biannual checkup and cleaning today.