Imagine that in our mouths live over 700 different strains of bacteria that stick on all the hard and soft tissues of our mouth, including our cheeks, gums and especially the tongue.

 The surface of the tongue is covered in tiny bumps called papillae, and within their small grooves collect bacteria, dead skin cells, and food particles. This coat of bacteria and other debris trapped on the tongue can cause bad breath and a white discolouration of the tongue.

Not only that, but the bacteria on the tongue can also redeposit onto teeth and gums even after they’ve been cleaned, increasing the likelihood of plaque and tartar buildup, as well as tooth decay and gum disease.

How do you clean your tongue?
The best and most effectively way to clean your tongue is by using a tongue scraper. Place the scraper at the back of the tongue while sticking your tongue out, and with even pressure, slide the scraper down along the tongue’s surface towards the tip.
The best and most effectively way to clean your tongue is by using a tongue scraper.

Brush your tongue at least twice per day, once in the morning and once at night.

Start this healthy habit today and enjoy all the benefits of it – fresh breath, improved taste and overall oral health.

If you try all of these techniques and bad breath continues to plague you, there could be an underlying dental issue. Consult your dentist as soon as possible, so that your teeth can be examined for hidden cavities and decay.

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