April 7, 2014

Why Cleaning Your Tongue is Important

A lot of people may not know this, but cleaning your tongue is just as important as brushing your teeth! Often left unattended, the tongue holds a lot of bacteria that can cause many systematic effects on your body, many of which you may not be aware of. Not to be taken lightly, cleaning your tongue on a daily basis can hold many benefits for your smile and the rest of your body!

One of the main reasons to clean your tongue is to be able to have fresher breath.  There are millions of bacteria that thrive on your tongue and, eventually, through your saliva, make their way throughout the rest of your mouth, body, and gums. Research shows that not cleaning your tongue can account for 80 to 95% of halitosis (bad breath) cases. Another reason to clean your tongue every day is that you will be able to taste your foods and drinks better. Without all of the bacteria masking the taste of your food, you will be able to fully enjoy and savor every bite and sip you take!

On a serious note, an excellent reason to clean your tongue daily is to prevent the possibility of cardiovascular problems, infertility in men, and increased risk of diabetes, among others. Your mouth is the gateway to the rest of your body, and when it is not taken care of, it can have severe side effects. The bacteria that manifest on your tongue have also been linked to periodontal (gum) problems, such as tooth decay, recession of the gums, and tooth loss. In order to truly reap the benefits of having a healthy smile, make an effort to clean your tongue every day, and you will not be disappointed!

Dr. Barry Polansky provides complete dental care to all of our patients from our Cherry Hill dental office. We serve patients from Voorhees, Marlton, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Audubon, and surrounding areas. Call us today to schedule your appointment.

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