The vital step you’re missing out when you brush your teeth
Brushing your teeth twice a day is important for good oral hygiene, but it turns out many of us miss out one important step: cleaning our tongues. Here is what happens to our mouths by skipping this step and what’s the most effective technique for tongue cleaning…
However, if you find that this is not very effective, or you want a deeper clean, you should use a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers are usually made of soft, flexible plastic that allows for the thin layer of bacteria to be scraped and removed from the surface of the tongue.
A tongue scraper may also prevent activating the gagging reflex, as a regular toothbrush can be too large and this can prevent getting towards the back of the mouth.
What is the best way to clean your tongue?
When using a tongue scraper, here is how to best way to get a thorough clean: Try to clean the whole surface of the tongue to remove as much bacteria as possible,. Start at the back and work towards the front. Do not brush too hard or you can cause irritation to the tongue.
When and how often should you clean your tongue?
Clean your tongue as often as you brush your teeth: last thing at night and at least one other time during the day, with a fluoride toothpaste.
Make sure you use mouthwash at a different time of day from your brushing, however, so you do not wash away the effects of your fluoride toothpaste.