Healthier Tongue = Healthier You!
When people think about oral care, they often think about their teeth, their gums, and potential oral problems like cavities and plaque.
But did you know that one of the most important things you can do to achieve better oral health is to clean your tongue?
That's right. Believe it or not, your tongue's color, texture, and overall health can say a lot about the health of the rest of your mouth and body. (1)
Thankfully, there are ways to achieve BETTER TONGUE HEALTH, and, by extent, achieve better overall oral health too.
In this blog we talk about why tongue health is important, and how you can achieve GREATER ORAL HEALTH TODAY!
THE IMPORTANCE OF TONGUE HEALTH
Although it's probably not the first thing you think of when you consider your oral health, cleaning your tongue is an essential part of maintaining a healthier mouth and a brighter smile.
This is because a dirty tongue leaves you at a greater risk of developing cavities, experiencing a buildup of plaque, and having yellow teeth. (2)
The reason your tongue has so much power in your mouth is because your tongue contains many peaks and valleys where bacteria can hide and wreak havoc on your oral health. (3)
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Even though it's not the first thing you see when you smile, your tongue holds about 50% of the bacteria in your mouth.
This is a lot of bacteria, and can lead to cavities and bad breath even AFTER you've cleaned your teeth and gums. (5)
A great way to think about the importance of tongue health is to think about how often your tongue touches your teeth and gums. Each time it does, it's transferring the bacteria on it to the parts of your mouth you spend all your time cleaning. (6)
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Now that we know the importance of TONGUE HEALTH, let's talk about four reasons you should clean your tongue today!
Nobody likes bad breath, but not many people know how you get it. In reality, bad breath comes from the presence of bacteria, especially on your tongue.
Having a clean tongue will prevent the buildup of this odor-causing bacteria, enabling you to achieve not only fresher breath, but an overall healthier mouth too. (7)
BRUSHING your tongue is advised to help remove this bacteria, as your tongue has an uncanny ability to trap odor-causing bacteria, especially after eating. A good rule of thumb is to keep your tongue as clean as your teeth and the rest of your mouth. (8)
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Though your tongue is filled with tons of little spots that can hide odor-causing bacteria, the back of your tongue has the most amount of grooves that can hide bacteria.
The back of your tongue is capable of retaining not only the bacteria responsible for taking apart the food you eat, but also skin cells and other proteins that can release VSCs - volatile sulfur compounds. (10)
VSCs can sometimes be masked by oral care products with certain smells, but that can be temporary, and doesn't necessarily eliminate your bad breath. (11)
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YOUR FOOD TASTES DIFFERENT
If you really think about it, all that bacteria that builds up on your tongue has to pile on something, and many times, that bacteria covers your taste buds.
The buildup of bacteria on your taste buds can actually change the way food tastes, changing flavors and possibly even your enjoyment of your meals. (12)
Cleaning your tongue as part of an ALL-NATURAL ORAL CARE ROUTINE actually improves your taste buds, and rids you of the dirty film that can leave your tongue smelly and loaded with bacteria. (13)
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All those thousands of taste buds on your tongue are responsible for picking up five distinct flavors you love: sweet, salty, savory, bitter, and sour.
Unfortunately, having a dirty tongue can not only change the way you perceive these flavors, but can reduce the impact of them too, similar to the way a cold can change your taste. (15)
And even more surprising is the fact that whatever is on your tongue right now actually changes what your tongue perceives next. This is because your tongue is extremely reactive to its environment, which is all the more reason to keep it clean. (16)
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We've covered some of the less obvious ways cleaning your tongue contributes to your health, but there is another way that cleaning your tongue helps you: having a healthy tongue also means having a HEALTHY MOUTH.
Without properly cleaning your tongue, bacteria build ups can actually redeposit onto your gums and teeth, causing potential gum diseases and the decaying of your teeth. (17)
Not having a clean tongue can also lead to dangerous bacteria that can cause cavities, even if you brush the plaque and tartar off your teeth! (18)
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It's important to remember that bacteria accumulates on the surface of your tongue, but it can also accumulate beneath the surface, where it can cause significant tooth damage and decay.
Being sure to clean beneath the biofilm of your tongue will help protect the long-term health of your mouth, rather than just providing a short-term fix. (20) (21)
And alternatively, people with oral problems, such as gum disease or cavities, may have a buildup of bacteria in their mouths already, making it even more important to break the cycle and clean your tongue to stave off more damage down the line. (22)
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As mentioned before, your entire body is connected. Therefore, having an unhealthy tongue can lead to poor oral health and weaker immune health.
This is because when you have bacteria on your tongue, your immune system goes to work there, when it could be protecting the rest of you. (23)
It's also important to clean your tongue when you are sick, as being ill can lead to tons of gross substances sticking to your tongue, including mucus and medicine. (24)
FUN FACT: Cleaning your tongue reduces the chances of yeast growing inside your mouth and causing your tongue to be patchy. Enjoy a healthy tongue today by rinsing with AN ALL-NATURAL MOUTHWASH containing TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL! (25)
One thing to remember is that various kinds of toxins can build up on your tongue after being pushed away from the rest of your body.
If you don't clean your tongue, you can absorb and take in these toxins again, which once again puts your immune system to work, trying to fight these toxins before they can do you any harm. (26)
In fact, many people consider your tongue your immune system's first line of defense, and that's because cleaning your tongue can keep dangerous bacteria from working its way through the rest of your body. (27)
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