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What Your Tongue Does that Impacts Your Breath


Posted on 3/8/2021 by Dr. Cheryl Freeman
What Your Tongue Does that Impacts Your BreathIf you have bad breath, you may try mouthwash and mints yet get no real success. That is because you are trying to mask the smell instead of removing the cause of it. Most people assume the cause is something they ate or food debris that is stuck on their teeth. However, few people think about their tongue. It is the cause of many people's bad breath.

How the Tongue Causes Bad Breath


The tongue may look smooth, but it has many little crevices in it, especially towards the back. These crevices quickly fill up with bacteria and food debris. The bacteria begin to reproduce and create the acids that damage your teeth. This process can also create an unpleasant odor. When you speak or breathe, this smell is pushed forward out of your mouth, creating your bad breath.

What Can You Do to Deal with It?


To fight bad breath caused by these bacteria, you need to regularly clean your tongue. There are a few different ways you can do this. You can buy a tongue scraper, which is a special tool designed to remove bacteria and debris from your tongue. However, some people find these tools a little uncomfortable to use.
They also are not completely necessary because you can clean your tongue with your toothbrush and get the same results. You do not need to use toothpaste. Just run your toothbrush over the surface of the tongue. At first, it may be difficult for you to get the back part of your tongue without gagging, but you will get better at brushing it the more you do it. Using mouthwash can also help wash the bacteria off your tongue, but it may not always be able to get deep into the crevasses.

If you need more help with bad breath or with learning how to clean your tongue properly, talk to us about it when you come in for your next checkup.

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Dr. Bryan Freeman and Dr. Cheryl Freeman



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Asheboro, NC 27203-5469


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