Keeping your tongue clean is a must, in order to prevent several health problems. Listed here are a few of them.
You brush your teeth after every meal and floss on the regular before going to sleep. But if you're not taking a few minutes out of your day to brush your tongue as well, your oral health habits need an upgrade.
Tongue cleaning is an important hygienic practice that helps in removal of dead skin cells, bacteria, toxins, fungi and food debris from the surface of the tongue. Most of the stench causing bacteria stay around and on your tongue. Tongue cleaning can help us with a variety of health issues. It boost your immune system, helps in digestion and thus, improving your dental health. On the contrary, if you don’t clean your tongue everyday, you can contract many health conditions.
"More than 700 different bacterial species live in the mouth," explains Vera W.L. Tang, D.D.S., clinical assistant professor in the department of periodontics and implant dentistry at New York University. Not all of these microbes are harmful. But when the bad ones set up shop and multiply in the crevices around the papillae, or small bumps, on the surface of the tongue, they can inflict some real damage.