Your tongue is undoubtedly a haven for bacteria and germs to breed. It provides dampness, moisture, and temperature for them to cultivate and develop exponentially. Not only that, the porous surface of the tongue can latch on to various toxins that you may get from air, food, and many other things.
Considering all of this, it is surprising that tongue cleaning is not as common as it should be. Furthermore, many people don’t even consider cleaning their tongues after regular oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing. This can simply be attributed to the lack of awareness that surrounds the topic.
An analogy to denote the importance of tongue cleaning can be defined in a way that your tongue is a carpet. When you brush it, the dust settles down. However, if you scrape it, the whole carpet becomes clean to the very core.
In this article, we are going to provide you the major reasons as to why you should clean your tongue regularly.
Less Oral Diseases
Tongue cleaning can effectively tackle the sources of many periodontal and oral diseases. Many of these diseases can actually evolve into something more problematic. It is better to counter these issues early so that you don’t bear the brunt in the future.
One of the most common oral diseases associated with the lack of tongue hygiene is yeast growth. Believe it or not, the bacteria that we mentioned earlier, can easily develop into much versatile yeast overgrowth. In most cases, this can turn your tongue dark or even black.
No To Bad Breath
Contrary to popular belief that bad breath is caused by your stomach and teeth, it has been proven that your tongue is accounts for 90% of the bad breath. Furthermore, it should also be noted that toxins and parts of food can start to get deposited on the tongue. This food then develops a pungent smell that ultimately results in bad breath or more commonly halitosis.
Halitosis is prevalent in the adult population even after regular oral administration so it can be seen why there is a need for tongue cleaning.
According to a study conducted in 2019, Cochrane Review states that tongue cleaning was effective in removing buildup on tongue that ultimately causes halitosis. Furthermore, the study also concluded that tongue scrapers were more effective than toothbrushes in removing buildup and getting rid of bad breath.
It may seem counter-intuitive but tongue cleaning can lead to better digestion and development of good gut bacteria. Our mouth houses more than 700 kinds of organisms that aid in the digestion of our food. However, when we are letting bad bacteria sustain, we are also threatening the survival of good bacteria in our guts. This leads to poor digestion and various other oral issues.
Taste Everything At Its Best
When you remove that gross build up on your tongue, you are letting your taste buds work their way on the food. Intuitively, your taste is enhanced and you can truly appreciate your meals.
It should be pointed out that there is a common misconception that tongue scraping can damage your taste buds. However, various studies and experts have concluded that it is indeed a false assumption. Your taste buds get burnt and replaced all the time. More specifically, they get replaced after every 10 days.
Convenience Across The Board
Tongue cleaners are extremely convenient and easy to use. Most tongue cleaners come in a form factor of a couple of inches. Furthermore, the prices are extremely affordable which make them accessible to every one. Also, they are sustainable and do not require frequent replacement. At most, you would have to swap out your cleaner after 3 months which is not that big of a deal.
The usage is extremely convenient as well. Most oral hygienists recommend that you gently place the cleaning edge on the very start of your throat and pull the cleaner outside. Repeat this a couple of times until you see all the buildup cleared from your tongue. After you have cleaned your tongue, thoroughly rinse the tongue cleaner so that the removed grit gets removed. You can also use soapy water to wash the cleaner.
This video explains how to use a tongue scraper effectively.