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Say “Ahh” with Fresher Breath, Less Plaque Buildup & More

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

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We know our tongues help us speak and chew food, but our tongues also help maintain the health of our mouth!

It’s time we talk about the tongue, and how it’s crucial for our entire health and well-being.

Have you ever had bad breath?

Chances are, at some point or another you have! It might have just been in the morning, or after a cup of coffee…Whatever the cause, one of the most common sources of bad breath can be the tongue.

That’s because, believe it or not, most of the bacteria in the mouth actually live on our tongue.

Inside the Mouth

Bacteria like to live on our tongue. Because of this, bacteria can be difficult to remove even with brushing and flossing. As a result, some people like to use a tongue scraper.

Using a tongue scraper helps proactively remove food, debris, fungi, toxins, dead cells…and well, yes, bacteria, from the surface of our tongue.

There are several benefits to using a tongue scraper or to taking extra, dedicated time to brushing your tongue thoroughly each day. Beyond just fighting bad breath that can be embarrassing, there are two other benefits to know about when it comes to keeping our tongue clean!

1. Resets our food palate, helping us stay nourished.

When we scrape or focus efforts on cleaning our tongue, we are able to activate saliva production. As you may know if you’re a regular Hagen blog reader, saliva helps naturally clean the teeth. Saliva is also a crucial component in kick-starting our digestion.

At the very start of digestion is when we get to taste and savor our food. When we have a clean tongue, we are better able to taste flavors. Just think: you are potentially removing a coated tongue, and removing “clogged” taste buds in the process.

Better tasting food should be enough reason alone to brush your tongue!

2. Keeps your immune system strong.

Has your tongue ever looked like a color you were not used to seeing, or almost as if it were fully “coated”? That could be due to dead cells and foot particles, which is what cleaning our tongue helps remove…

The tongue is the gatekeeper to our health, in many ways, that means it helps keep out many bad toxins that can affect our immunity. We also begin to break down nutrients in the mouth thanks to the tongue, as mentioned, which is another major factor influencing our total health, and the body’s ability to fight off germs.

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Does your tongue look irregular? If you have any of these signs, here’s what it could mean. Ask us for more information.


Ready to learn more?

If you are interested in learning more about your tongue or a tongue scraper, ask us for more information. We can see if you are a better candidate for a tongue brush (effective at loosening particles on the surface of the tongue) or a tongue scraper (effective at gathering bacteria and particles and removing them from the mouth). Some people, at first, find they need to use the tongue scraper daily. Others, over time, begin to use it less often. Ask us for more guidance.

You know that clean feeling when you leave the dentist?

Toxins and build-up have been removed, which is part of why your mouth feels so great. If you are ready to start going to the dentist regularly again, or if you need a new dentist, give us a call today at (513) 251-5500 or visit us at

Your Tongue: What You Need to Know!

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Ever brush your teeth but still feel like you have bad breath just a short while later?

Your tongue could be responsible!

A “coated tongue” can happen because of an overgrowth of bacteria on our tongue. Believe it or not, this is often what’s responsible for rotten-smelling breath…

We actually have the majority of bacteria in our mouth on our tongue. This problem also has to do with the type of bacteria that live on our tongue…

That smell we all want to avoid stems from the actual waste products of the bacteria that feast on bits of food in our mouth. The bacteria called “gram-negative bacteria,” the kind that is below our gum line, is the smelliest kind! It increases more bad-smelling compounds than the type of bacteria that mostly lives above our gum line.

These “gassy” bacteria communities are what thrive in the hard-to-reach crevices of our tongues. To break it down–the bacteria that live in and around our tongue are truly the bad-smelling offenders in our mouths.

This sure makes us want to clean our tongues daily, and that’s a good idea. Don’t forget that brushing your tongue can also help remove plaque and bacteria each day.

Also know that tongue scraping can be helpful in the short-term. But you probably know what we are going to say next—just know that overall mouth hygiene here is what really helps over time because it combats the overall growth of the bacteria communities in your mouth.

Also remember to take a minute to check out your tongue. This way, you can notice changes if they ever do occur.

Have you seen a strange change in your tongue? Your immune system or allergy could be the cause!

Have you seen a sore on your tongue? Or do you see different-looking white areas or bumps you’ve never noticed? Please let us know so we can take a look if this is the case.

Any smoking, excessive dry mouth, or certain medication use , can also be major contributors to keeping that bacteria alive (and smelly)!

Still have bad breath?

Assuming you are not ill or haven’t been ill recently, you are consuming enough water regularly (to combat dry mouth), and you don’t have any new or different medication you are taking, it can be troublesome if you continue to have long-term bad breath.

One last time, ask yourself or a loved one with this problem these questions: are you using a tongue scraper and also brushing your teeth and tongue each day? Are you also flossing? If you can’t figure out why your bad breath is a problem, let us know. Many times bad breath can be a sign of something larger going on with your health. We are here to help you find out what that is!