This post will explain why it is important and how to clean the tongue properly. So stick around if you want some essential tongue cleaning tips!
Many journals have been written discussing the part the tongue plays in obtaining a healthier fresh mouth.
The statistics above conclude that in 68% of cases, deep cleaning of the tongue should have a major affect or even cure a persons bad breath.
This is backed up by older studies carried out in the 1970’s which also concluded that tongue cleaning reduced malodour by upto 59-87%. If you have a keen interest in the science behind all of this, then feel free to read the full journal which can be found at PubMed.
When you brush or scrape the top side of your tongue (Dorsal surface), you are actually getting rid of the largest population of odour causing bacteria and the food debris that they feed on. Researchers have hinted that the food debris is what makes the odour worse. In some ways they are right because if there was no food debris present in our mouth then those bacteria would have no food and eventually die out.
If you have ever done a breath test you probably noticed the back part of the tongue smells alot worse than the front tip part. If you Don’t know how to test for your own breath then please read my post on Best Ways To Get Rid Of Bad Breath.
This is because the tongue is used for speaking and swallowing which places it in direct contact with your hard palate. Friction from this causes a cleaning action which stops bacteria and food building up and sticking.
This is because the back part of the tongue only touches the soft palate and the contact is pretty minimal and gentle. this is not enough to dislodge bacteria and any food particles, eventually leading to unwanted build up.
This is why cleaning the tongue can have a massive impact in curing bad breath.
You can easily see the state of your tongue in the mirror. If there is a brown or white covering present you know it needs cleaning.
Whichever method you eventually decide on, the results will be exactly the same. Here’s Some of the things you need to do:
Most of the odour causing bacteria and food debris is located in the back portion of your tongue so make a conscious effort to focus in on this. Don’t go and start brushing or scraping right at the back where your tonsils are, it’s pointless.
Let me tell you something, that day i felt like a million bucks because i knew that my mouth was clean and fresh and ever since i have been doing this regularly and hardly have any crap on my tongue when i scrape it. For me once a day is enough.
The picture above is what i use and is called a dentafloss, it’s a 3 in one tool. I use it to floss my teeth and then scrape my tongue. It works fine but it’s far from perfect. the one thing i really hate about it is it’s not comfortable as there is no proper handle to get a grip. After a while my hand starts to ache.
I suppose it gets the job done but there are better options available that i will be sharing with you later on.
It really depends on how much of a breath problem you have. If you don’t notice any odour and your general oral hygiene is good then once a day will suffice.
In cases where a cure is necessary, it has been researched by many different scientists that tongue cleaning twice a day could be a possible cure.
I would say start off by cleaning the tongue once a day to start with and eventually you will start to see the benefits and you will subconsciously start doing it every time you brush your teeth. That’s exactly what happened to me.
There are various studies which have suggested that tongue scrapers and cleaners showed a slight advantage over a regular toothbrush.
I would go for a tongue cleaner as it is specifically designed for the job and is gentle on the tongue. But it is upto you what feels best on your tongue so lets get into the details of each type:
You can just use your regular brush for this and if you start to see results and it is comfortable you can then go and start looking for more speciality brushes which will do a better job.
As i mentioned before the main thing to be aware of is the gag reflex that will most likely kick in during your brushing time. Keep Calm And Carry On or just go to the other option which is…
Two options are available with this technique:
One of the main selling points of these types of products is that you can actually see the gunk that is coming off the tongue and another thing is the gag reflex will not occur with these devices
I reckon tongue cleaners are slightly ahead of the other 2 products when it comes effectiveness, but it is all about your personal preference.
You can shop around for any of the mentioned products and there is definitely no shortage of designs to choose from.
There is definitely no shortage of spoons in any household, go get one from the draw and start scraping by following the steps below:
The spoons are one of the most efficient ways to clean your tongue but the only thing is, it is used for eating. I just feel like the spoon has become dirty and is filled with bacteria, this makes me feel uncomfortable using any spoon even if it’s brand new. I might sound a bit OCD but im sure other people out there feel the same way.
The scraper that i would recommend is the Orawellness Tongue scraper which can be found on the orawellness main page.
The main selling points of this is the two handed grip which does not put undue stress on your wrists. It’s also made of stainless steel making it impervious to bacteria and is more comfortable and gentler than plastic.
I think that’s all i have to say on this subject. The main takeaway from this article is you must scrape off the dirt from your tongue if you want to get fresh breath instantly. whatever tool you decide to use please make it into an everyday habit and you will be much happier.
If you already clean your tongue please share your story on which tools you use and how it has helped you. Just leave your comments below and lets help each other out 🙂
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