Oral health is making sure that the inside of our mouth is clean and healthy. Brushing your teeth is part of it. Often, people forget to clean this part of their mouth and it’s just as important as the teeth: the tongue.
The tongue can act as a sponge when it comes to bacteria. Our tongue isn’t a smooth surface, as our taste buds create tiny crevices for bacteria to settle in. Therefore, it takes more than just rinsing to get rid of the bacteria. Halitosis—a fancy word for chronic bad breath—as well as cavities and oral diseases can occur if not properly cared for.
Having bad breath is often correlated to forgetting to brush your tongue. According to Women’s Health (https://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/a19965350/brush-your-tongue/), bacteria can buildup on your tongue and the overgrowth of them can cause you to give off a foul odor. Since it takes more than rinsing your mouth to get rid of the bacteria, physically going in there with a toothbrush or a tongue scraper will be your best bet.
Making sure that brushing your tongue will help reduce any signs of bad breath and lessen your chance of developing any cavities or oral diseases, such as tooth decay or periodontal disease (https://www.interdent.com/gentle-dental/resources/why-brush-your-tongue/).
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