What are the benefits of tongue cleaning?

Brushing your tongue helps keep your mouth healthy. This removes any excess plaque and odor causing bacteria. You can do this either by using your toothbrush or a tongue scraper.
There are several benefits associated with tongue cleaning. Many of the bacteria that cause bad breath actually live on your tongue, and using a tongue scraper to get rid of them will help you keep your breath in check. Similarly, the same bacteria that cause plaque and gingivitis can live on your tongue as well. Cleaning it regularly will help prevent tooth decay and other serious oral complications. Scraping your tongue daily may even help to prevent more serious health complications that arise when bacteria in your mouth enter your bloodstream and travel to other parts of your body. It’s not a bad idea to add tongue cleaning to your daily routine of brushing and flossing.

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Healthy Oral Hygiene

Healthy Oral Hygiene

Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily constitute the basics of good oral hygiene. Keeping other parts of your mouth, such as your gums, healthy can benefit your overall health by preventing the spread of germs and dis...

ease. At-home care should be supplemented by professional care. When plaque or tartar develops, a dentist or oral hygienist will use special tools to scrape (scale) the teeth clean without damage. Flouride treatment can help keep teeth cavity-free. Learn more about healthy oral hygiene with expert advice from Sharecare.

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