Brushing your teeth is done (hopefully) twice a day, in the morning and in the evening. In addition, we floss and the real fanatics gurgle with a sip of mouthwash. Wonderfully fresh and your teeth stay healthy!
But there is one essential factor for a fresh mouth that almost everyone forgets: the tongue! For your oral hygiene it is very important if you also take your toothbrush over your tongue. Our mouths are a welcome source for bacteria that love to live on our tongue. So it makes sense that you also have to clean it regularly. It is really very important because you can get nasty ailments if you don't …
- Bad breath: the biggest problem that comes from not brushing your tongue is also a very annoying one; bad breath. The bacteria that nestle on your tongue are going to give off dirty air. They are often at the back of your tongue, therefore it is important that you protrude your tongue just as well before you pull the brush over it.
- Your taste buds become less strong: if you don't brush your tongue, dirt will accumulate, creating a thick layer of bacteria, dead skin cells and food scraps, also known as a "biofilm". It covers your taste buds, gradually reducing your ability to taste things.
- A black, hairy tongue: that looks just as dirty as it sounds. It can happen if the bumps on your tongue (the papillae) discolor due to beverage and food waste. This allows your tongue to get a kind of hairy look, not very tasty. So brush!
- Fungal infections: yes, that is also possible in your mouth. If the bacterial level in your mouth becomes unbalanced, natural yeasts can grow excessively. The result is those white spots on your tongue: fungus. You can get rid of it through medication, but you can prevent it by just brushing your tongue!
- Inflamed gums: The bacteria on your tongue can spread huppa to your gums. This can cause your gums to become inflamed and if not treated it can lead to periodontitis. This causes your gums to retreat, causing parts in between to start to burn again and eventually your teeth may even fall out. This is of course bad enough, but chronic periodontitis is also associated with a higher risk of getting heart attacks, strokes and miscarriages. So grab that toothbrush quickly …