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Good (oral) health includes this

You might think you’re doing the best job ever taking care of your teeth and gums – brushing for two minutes with a soft bristle or electric toothbrush at least twice a day, flossing gently one or two time a day, and never missing your regular dental check-ups. But there’s something important missing from your oral care routine if you’re not…

Cleaning your tongue

oral health methuen maIt’s quick, simple and extremely important. Here are some of the reasons you should be using your toothbrush or a scraper to take care of your tongue:

Food could taste better

The tongue is where our taste buds reside. So if your tongue is coated with plaque and other gunk from what we eat and drink, we aren’t really able to experience the full flavor of our favorite foods.

Digestion could be improved

Maybe you didn’t know that digestion actually starts in the mouth. Our saliva assists with chewing and is filled with the enzymes that begin the process of breaking down food. We’ve already mentioned that the cleaner your tongue, the better you can taste food, which leads to additional saliva production to better aid digestion.

Plaque on your teeth could be reduced

If you have a lot of plaque on your tongue, you’re going to form more plaque on your teeth. And plaque is what leads to bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease.

Your immune system could function better

The tongue is part our immune system. So the more bacteria you remove from it, the less chance that bacteria will get into your body and cause health problems.

Your overall health could improve

More and more studies and experts are linking bacteria in the mouth and poor oral hygiene to diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even infertility.

Your dental visits could be amazing

When you do a good job cleaning your teeth and your tongue, it should show in the outcomes of your regular dental visits. By ridding your teeth and gums of plaque every day, there can be a lot less work to do in the dental chair. Call for your appointment today: 978-688-1895.