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28-08-2015

Cleaning Your Tongue: 10 Reasons Why It's Important

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The importance of a clean mouth has always been stressed by health professional and dentists for decades. Brushing and flossing your teeth can help prevent cavities and gum disease while leaving your mouth with a pleasant and clean feeling. But often times, we neglect one of the most important facets of oral hygiene: the tongue. The tongue serves many purposes, from things like aiding in how we chew our food to perfecting pronunciation and speech. Unfortunately, however, a clean tongue often takes a backseat to the priority of healthy teeth and gums through brushing. A healthy and clean tongue has many benefits, though. From improving freshness of breath to an increase in overall dental and oral health and even your overall health, cleaning the tongue should be added to everybody’s oral health routine, just like brushing and flossing.

With so many things to offer, here are 10 reasons why it’s important to keep a clean tongue:

1. Fresh Breath

One of the first and most notable effects a clean tongue can have on your mouth is the improvement of halitosis, commonly known as bad breath. Although brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day can help eliminate the bacteria that cause an unpleasant odour, cleaning your tongue can really make all the difference. The tongue acts much like a sponge does, soaking up the germs and bacteria in your mouth. It isn’t until the tongue is clean that bad breath can be banished. No amount of brushing, flossing or rinsing with mouth wash can completely take care of the smell, and because direct tongue cleaning is not often achieved, it is often not properly eradicated, providing a sense of self consciousness for suffers. But regular cleaning through the use of a tongue scraper can aid in bad breath removal and often times completely eliminate it, leaving you with a clean and healthy mouth.
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2. Improved Taste

The tongue is often taken for granted. It serves so many purposes, one of the biggest of which we tend to forget about is taste. Taste is one of our 5 senses and one that’s used everyday and allows us to experience flavours and enjoy our food — something that many of use don’t take lightly. The average person had around 10,000 taste buds that are replaced roughly every two weeks. Spread out over the surface of the tongue, these taste buds allow humans the capability of recognizing 5 different tastes: sweet, bitter, sour, salty and umami. But when our tongues are not clean, these taste buds can become blocked and our sense of taste is greatly diminished. Food may not have a rich flavour that it once did, and we overcompensate by adding too much salt or sugar to our meals in order to match that desired taste. Through proper tongue cleaning, however, we are able to rejuvenate the surface of the tongue and prep our taste buds for their main duty and benefit from the many tastes and flavours there are to enjoy.
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