Why should I brush my tongue?

Did you know there are millions of bacteria living on your tongue? Yep, it’s true.

Even with routine brushing and flossing it’s not enough to keep your tongue clean and healthy. Particulars of food and bacteria (called biofilm) cling together and stick to the surface easily. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as swishing water around which means it’s extra important to clean your tongue daily.

If bacteria is left unattended, it can build up and result in bad breath, or even worse, lead to cavities or gum disease. Yikes. 

Your tongue is an integral part of the mouth, which allows us to form speech, taste delicious food and joyfully whistle. Keep it clean!


What is the correct way to clean my tongue?

It’s simple and easy to add to your existing oral hygiene routine. After you brush your teeth, take your toothbrush and move it back and forth, and then side to side. Rinse your mouth water when you’re finished! 

Cleaning hack: the easiest and most effective way to clean your tongue is with a tooth scraper. This little tool will do wonders at reaching the far back area. It’s a great way to achieve fresh breath, lower the amount of plaque buildup and maintain healthy gums. Use a scraper after brushing your teeth morning and night for the most results.  


What if cleaning causes discomfort?

Gagging or soreness can be a result of brushing or scraping your tongue too roughly. Check the amount of pressure you’re using. Apply the same amount of pressure that you use while brushing your teeth, nothing more. Your tongue is made up of very soft, delicate tissue which is the reason it can become sore or irritated easily. Remember to be gentle!


Am I doing a good job?

Wondering if you’re doing a good job at cleaning your tongue? Give our clinic a call to set-up an appointment.

At your appointment, our dentists or hygienists will take a look and let you know if you’re doing a good job (or if there’s any room for improvement).


Book a check-up with Stoney Creek Village Dental today!