A lot of people give their tongue a quick brush with a toothbrush, but the soft bristles don't actually remove the layers of bacteria from the surface of the tongue.
After all, toothbrushes are designed to clean teeth, which are solid, not necessarily our soft tongues. I admit it, I'm obsessed with the Ayurvedic practice of tongue cleaning. But I'm not the only one! With almost 400 5-star reviews on my store alone, the Dr Tung's Tongue Cleaner $9.95 is really worth looking at. I think it's an absolute life changer, I love the way i feel every morning after I use it. Not convinced? Here are my top 3 reasons to give it a go:
Benefits of tongue cleaning
1. Tongue Cleaning helps to stops bad breath
Tongue cleaning can actually help to combat bad breath, helping to remove the bacteria which contributes to bad-smelling breath. Most cases of bad breath can be caused by residue left on the tongue, especially towards the back of the tongue which is often harder to reach. Food particles, soft plaque and build-up can sit on the tongue and cannot always be completely removed with a toothbrush, floss or mouthwash alone. Even if you don't have really bad breath, your mouth will feel fresher after tongue cleaning.
2. Tongue scraping may help reduce tooth decay
Ridding the tongue of residue and soft plaque also helps to reduce the amount of bad bacteria in the mouth, and can actually reduce the amount of plaque building up on your teeth. This can help lessen your chances of getting cavities and tooth decay, meaning less trips to the dentist, saving you time and money.
3. Tongue scraping may actually stimulate our tastebuds
Tongue cleaning can also help to improve overall taste perception. A coating or layer of residue on the tongue can actually dull our tastebuds, making us less receptive to tastes as well as when to stop eating. Removing this fine layer helps to stimulate and gently massage the tongue, and almost 'reactivates' the tastebuds.
Why I love the Dr Tung's Tongue Cleaner for this job!
Dr Tung's Tongue Cleaner gently scrapes off unwanted bacteria and soft plaque, a job made easy with the U-shaped stainless steel cleaner. Each tongue cleaner comes with a free bamboo travel pouch, when buying more than one at a time, we always send different colours out. The Dr Tung's Tongue Cleaner is the #1 selling tongue cleaner on the market, used and recommended by dentists*.
It is made from stainless steel with the perfect curved edge to help remove bacteria and plaque on the tongue's surface. Interestingly 50% of bacteria found in our mouths is found on the surface of our tongues. Research shows that toothbrushes are less than half as effective in removing bio-burden from the tongue. This U-shaped tongue cleaner is designed to gently scrape off unwanted bacteria and soft plaque from the tongue.