But what you probably didn’t know is that 70% of this bacteria resides on your tongue, and simply brushing your teeth doesn't remove those bacteria, so extra care of the tongue is needed.
You see tongue bacteria produces volatile sulfur compounds, which can cause bad breath and may also have the potential to cause other health issues.
So to keep a close to perfect oral hygiene, you need to clean your tongue with the help of special tools like a tongue scraper.
What is a tongue scraper?
A tongue scraper is an oral hygiene tool that is used to remove bacteria, food debris, fungi, toxins, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. A tongue scraper is a long, thin, flat piece of metal or plastic that is bent in a "U" shape perfect for removing all the undesired habitants of the tongue.
Why Should You Use A Tongue Scraper?
So you are probably wondering why you should use a tongue scraper when you already have a toothbrush. Although brushing and flossing will loosen food debris and plaque, they do not actually remove the bacteria that attaches to the tongue. The bacteria on our tongue can be removed by effectively scraping the tongue at least once a day, preferably in the mornings.
Here are some pretty good reasons why you should consider scraping your tongue:
Kicking Bad Breath To The Curb
We all hate bad breath and essentially want it gone, well since most bad breath comes from the bacteria at the back of the tongue, a region that can be really difficult reaching with our ordinary toothbrushes, clinical studies have shown that using a tongue scraper can reduce and remove bacteria from the deep and difficult to reach areas the tongue.
Enhancing The Taste Of Food!
By scraping your tongue and removing the coating and collecting of plaques on the tongue, you actually improve your ability to taste food. Great news right for all us foodies!
How To Scrape Your Tongue
Tongue scraping should be done every day, preferably in the mornings on an empty stomach. You may have to stand in front of a mirror to achieve the perfect tongue scrapping.
Stick your tongue way out and place the scraper as far back on your tongue as you possibly can. Use a firm but gentle pressure to scrape the surface of your tongue in one long stroke. Rinse the scraper and repeat until your tongue feels clean and is free of coating, you will feel the difference afterward.
What If You Don’t Have A Tongue Scraper?
If you do not have a tongue scraper you can get yourself a Brushee travel toothbrush that has bristles designed for multi-use. The Brushee bristles with toothpaste can effectively remove food debris and bacteria that is accumulating on your tongue. What gives Brushee a fair good advantage over other toothbrushes is that it is designed as a multi oral tool that is customized for traveling. It comes all in one with a toothpick and floss, making it the number one oral tool to have around at all times.
However, we don’t recommend substituting for tongue scraping, at some point in time it must be done!