A lot of information, resources and education go into brushing your teeth and flossing those teeth twice a day. This is an excellent starting routine for oral health.
But what about that huge muscle in your mouth, your tongue?
In order to take your care from excellent to optimal you need to incorporate cleaning your tongue thoroughly. This should be included as part of your regular dental routine. Tongue cleaning can leave you feeling even more refreshed.Discover how cleaning your tongue can improve your breath and gain tips on simple tongue cleaning techniques.
Why Should You Clean Your Tongue?
Your mouth is home to millions of bacteria. While daily brushing and flossing is a great way to clean your teeth and improve your mouth's overall health, it doesn't remove the bacteria that collects on your tongue. This bacteria can produce volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), leading to bad breath, also associated with certain health issues.
How Do I Clean My Tongue?
The easiest way to clean your tongue is with the right tool, a tongue scraper. A tongue scraper scrapes away the layer of gunk/debris and mucus-like coating from your tongue.
Use your tongue scraper after you brush your teeth. As always, we suggest starting slowly and lightly as to not damage or hurt your tongue.
STEP 1: Place the scraper at the back of the tongue and pull it forward to the tip of your tongue.
STEP 2: Scraper the tongue cleaner across your tongue multiple times at different angles repeatedly until there is no more debris coming off.
STEP 3: Rinse the tongue scraper each time you use it to keep it sanitary and clean. A gentle rinse with hot water or a quick clean with toothpaste is more than enough to keep your gunkii clean.
How Often Should I Clean My Tongue?
Twice daily. If you find that is too much, at least once a day!
Bacteria multiple quickly. The best way to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth is to clean your tongue twice daily after brushing your teeth.