Brushing Your Tongue: Is it Important?

Posted .

Why is brushing your tongue so important? Actually, is brushing your tongue as important as you may have heard?

In fact, cleaning your tongue isn’t as important as you may think. Actually, when it comes to maintaining your oral health, the most important think you can do is brush thoroughly twice a day, floss every day, and go to an appointment with your dentist every six months. To properly maintain your oral health, it is important to remove the bacteria that could ultimately lead to gum disease. While it is true that your tongue could have bacteria on it—and that the bacteria may spread back to your teeth—but it takes at least 24 hours for plaque to form. This means that as long as you brush at least once a day, the bacteria on your tongue won’t cause plaque.

But please don’t misunderstand. It’s not necessarily a bad idea to brush your tongue. In fact, it may even help you, especially if you have persistent bad breath. As mentioned before, there are bacteria on your tongue. Unfortunately, that can lead to unpleasant odors. In fact, if you have a good deal of bacteria on your tongue, a tongue scraper or a toothbrush with a built-in cleaner may help you.  When it comes to bad breath, many people find brushing their tongue very beneficial. It may also be a good idea to brush your tongue after you eat certain foods, such as salmon, garlic, or onions. The taste of foods such as these can linger on your tongue.

If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact us soon. We are excited to hear from you.

Get started today

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you

We want to meet you and your family and learn more about the vision you have for your smile. Call our office with your questions.


2320 Professional Dr., #100, Roseville, CA 95661

Request Appointment