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How to Tongue Cleanse

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Did you know that the majority of halitosis (bad breath) is caused by bacteria in the mouth? Most dentists agree that a tongue cleanser is a far better tool than a toothbrush. Hygienists promote tongue cleaning as important as daily flossing. Toothbrushes are designed for cleaning teeth, while tongue cleaners are designed to clean tongues. Our curved, professional-grade tongue cleaner is designed to gently scrape unwanted bacteria and soft plaque, even from the back of the tongue where most is found.

Use two hands to hold and control the Tongue Cleanser. Starting toward the back of your tongue, scrape the tool forward toward the front of your mouth while applying uniform pressure on each side.

Research shows that tongue scraping removes more bacteria than brushing your tongue. Additionally, toothbrushes tend to cause gagging, while the tongue cleaner slides easily along the tongue. It’s more comfortable and more efficient. Many cultures have been routinely cleaning their tongues for centuries, and they don’t use brushes for this! They use a u-shaped cleaner like this one, which can reach the back of the tongue. Stainless steel is hygienic, does not wear out, and is unaffected by bacteria.

In an article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (April 1996), Dr. Mel Rosenberg cites six references in concluding that “in 85% of people with bad breath the bad odor originates in the mouth.” He further says, “Gentle but effective deep tongue cleaning should become a part of the daily hygiene routine.” On the investigative news program 20/20, ABC News Medical Editor Dr. Timothy Johnson explained that most bad breath is produced by a type of bacteria in the back of the mouth, particularly on the back of the tongue.

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