You brush your pearly-white teeth, gargle an antiseptic mouthwash and you use floss. What if I tell you that you are forgetting something? Silly, right? Nope, because you are forgetting your tongue. You taste with it, you lick with it, and when enticement turns up, you even wag it. Do you not think its past time to start cleaning it? Of course, I’m certain that you do not wish to sport a white, abnormal-looking tongue.
An oft-neglected part of oral cleanliness, tongues aren’t flat and smooth regardless of if they seem that way to you. They have fissures which make for suitable anaerobic bacteria breeding places; this bacterium is the important provider of smell breaths. And, you will not be well placed to remove the viscous, jelly-like film of plaque covering your tongue through rinsing. What you have to do is to scratch it.
Shocked? Do not be, because cleaning your tongue takes no effort. You might do it in little more than a 1-2 mins. Before you do that, you need to read the following pointers first to avoid cleaning your tongue raw.
First, you do not have to buy special tongue cleaners since your usual toothbrush will do. But tongue cleaners are less difficult to maneuver. Use a little bit of toothpaste for more bacteria-fighting power.
Second, hard scraping isn’t required. When your toothbrush or tongue cleaner makes contact with your tongue, it’s OK.
Third, use short, slow strokes. Also, ensure that no space is left unclean. Try to move your brush from the back towards the front. Also, relax your mouth after one or two seconds with a gargle to avoid locked jaws and gagging.
Fourth, pay very close attention to the back of the tongue, more bacteria are there than up front. After you have scrape all tongue surface area, wash, and apply a second coat of toothpaste. Leave the paste on for a minimum of a minute.
It is good to let the paste on till you finish cleaning your teeth. After your last gargle, give yourself a grin and promise to add tongue cleaning as an element of your oral cleanliness. But naturally, do not get any concepts that tongue cleaning can stop stench breaths alone. Be reminded that you still need to brush your teeth and gums. Dental check-ups remain a must. In fact, only your dentist would ask about your oral cleanliness and praise your clean, healthy tongue.