We talk a lot about the importance of flossing and brushing our teeth. Not only will brushing and flossing keep our teeth free of plaque, bacteria, and decay, but it also keeps our breath fresh and helps us avoid cavities. What you may not hear as often is the importance of brushing your tongue as well. Any bacteria living on your tongue can easily jump onto those freshly brushed teeth, undoing all the oral hygiene work you’ve put in.
Consider the food you’ve eaten so far today. Brushing and flossing your teeth will help get rid of any leftover debris and bacteria, but everything that touched your teeth will have also touched your tongue. The bacteria and debris leftover on your tongue can do just as much damage to your oral health.
Below are just a few of the benefits of properly brushing your tongue:
You can use toothpaste to brush your tongue or not, it’s up to you. Make sure that you always brush from back to front and rinse thoroughly with water. Don’t forget to rinse your toothbrush as well, as a dirty toothbrush will just be spreading the germs around.