Do We Really Need To Clean Our Tongues?
YES! YOU HEAR ALL THE TIME about the importance of brushing your teeth for AT-LEAST two minutes twice a day, or after every meal if you have braces. You hear almost as often about the importance of daily flossing. What you probably don’t hear about, is that to maintain good oral health and hygiene, it’s also just as important for us to clean our tongues!
Why Clean Our Tongues?
The tongue has some of the most bacteria-invaded spots in our bodies. (EW!) A tongue doesn’t just have taste buds on it, it has many crevices, elevations, and all sorts of tiny structures that inhibit bacteria, unless physically removed. Letting all this bacteria sit and multiply can cause bad breath or halitosis, as well as tooth decay on the inner surfaces of the teeth. This is why it’s so important to regularly clean our tongues — so we can get rid of all the nasty bacteria buildup!
Another benefit to removing the bacteria from our tongues: A bacteria-free tongue can taste food much more effectively, and it makes the first stage of the digestive process more effective too, which means improving our digestive health! That sounds great!
Tools For Tongue-Cleaning
Simply rinsing with water or mouthwash is definitely not enough to clean your tongue, because the bacteria is stubborn and in hard-to-reach hiding places. If you really want to clean out that biofilm of bacteria, the key is to scrape it, preferably with a tongue-scraper. You can find these at the drugstore toothbrush and toothpaste isle. It is highly recommended to scrape your tongue daily, during your brushing routine.
A toothbrush can do a decent job of cleaning your tongue, but have you ever noticed little bumps on the backside of your toothbrush? Those are intended for tongue scraping! After you brush your teeth but before you spit, take that brush or scraper to your tongue. Start at the back and work your way forward, and make sure to get as much of the surface as you can. It’s quick and easy and will make a huge difference!
Tongue Scrapers Go Way Back
How long do you think tongue scrapers have been around? A few decades? Actually, since ancient times! Tongue-scraping is part of the daily hygiene regimen recommended by Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. Over the centuries, tongue scrapers in different cultures have been made of many different materials, including metals like copper, silver, gold, tin, or brass, as well as ivory, mother-of-pearl, whalebone, and tortoiseshell. These days, they’re most often made of plastic or stainless steel.
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