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Add a tongue cleaner to your oral care

For those of you who believe that they are an oral hygiene all-star brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing regularly, you may still be missing one step that could help keep your mouth fresh and healthy.

It's your tongue that helps you speak, chew, and swallow. It is covered in little bumps called papillae, which allow you to taste and feel textures in your mouth. A tongue cleaner or scraper is one essential component of your oral care routine that you don't want to overlook, along with brushing, flossing, and rinsing.

For those not cleaning their tongue, rinsing does not help, as the microorganisms in the tongue stick together to create a bio-film. The tongue appears to have a white layer because of the buildup of the bacteria and debris. This buildup can lessen your senses of taste, an increase in the likelihood of bad breath, an increased risk of cavities and gum disease.

The only way to remove this white layer buildup is by using a tongue cleaner or scraper to your oral hygiene care. They are usually U or V-shaped and come in different forms and styles and are made of different materials like metal or plastic and even electric ones.

While using a tongue cleaner or scraper, gently touch the back end of your tongue with the rounded end of the tongue cleaner or scraper. Always move back to front and rinse the cleaner in warm water after each pass, and finish by rinsing it again and swishing your mouth out with water.

Please note when you scrape your tongue, make sure you do it gently, no firm pressure should be applied, or you might hurt your tongue.

By using a tongue scraper as part of your daily oral hygiene, many of these conditions can be abolished. If you institute a regimen of brushing and flossing your teeth, as well as scraping your tongue regularly, you may find that your overall oral health will improve.


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