The bacteria that cause gum disease, tooth decay, and gingivitis group together in bunches called colonies. Brushing will help break up these colonies making the chances of the above issues less of a threat. These bacteria don’t just cause dental health issues. They can also produce foul odors.
Your tongue has tissue on it called “papillae.” Papillae help detect taste, but they can also house these bacteria colonies. If you do not brush your tongue, these bacteria can release a foul odor, leaving you with bad breath.
Not only is it important to brush away the bacteria to keep your breath fresh, it also removes the bacteria from your mouth so that it does not have a chance to attack your teeth and gums. Your dentist may even recommend a tongue scraper to treat the bad breath.
Some simple brushing tips:
Tilt your toothbrush 45 degrees against the gum line and gently brush away from the gum line.
Gently brush the inside, outside and chewing area of your teeth.
Be sure to brush your tongue to help keep your breath fresh and remove bacteria.