Tooth brushing and flossing are effective in removing bacteria from teeth and gums. But, you know, 50 percent of bacteria in the mouth turns nesting on the surface of our tongue and is one of the causes of bad breath? This is why cleaning the tongue also needs to be part of our daily routine.
"Bad breath is actually the result of toxic waste from bacteria in your mouth," said Marc Lowenberg, cosmetic dentist from Lowenberg, Litucy, and the Office in New York, United States, as reported by Women's Health Magazine.
Quoting from Healthline, according to John D. Kling, a dentist in Vancouver, a mixture of saliva and bacteria on the tongue will stick to one another and form a layer above the surface of the tongue, called plaque. Unfortunately, removing plaque on the tongue just by rinsing it with water or rinsing it with mouthwash is not enough. Kling reasoned, when you gargle, only the outermost layer of plaque will collapse, while the bekteri below it still remains between the surface of the tongue.
If the surface of your tongue tends to be cracked or curled, aka fissured tongue (an innocuous asymptomatic condition that makes the surface of the tongue look uneven), you will be more susceptible to the deposition of plaque in the mouth. Bacteria, according to Loweberg, will easily slip and hide between the cracks. In addition, bacteria can also stick to your taste bud receptors, which are textured like micro-sized buds. These receptor buds can trap bacteria which will lead to poor oral and dental health.
The best and most effective way to neutralize bacteria on the tongue is to clean the tongue by scraping it using a special tongue cleanser. By eroding bacteria and poisons, you also contribute to better dental health, which leads to healthy teeth and gums. The bacteria that you clean from your tongue are responsible for things like periodontal problems, plaque buildup, tooth decay, gum infections, gum recession, and even loose teeth.
How do you clean a good tongue?
Although many dentists think brushing your tongue with a toothbrush is not very effective for optimal results, the American Dental Association says toothbrushes and tongue scrubbers work equally well for removing bacteria on the tongue.
To clean the tongue properly and correctly, after you have brushed your teeth and gargled in the morning, use a tongue scrubbing tool from the bottom of the tongue and gently pull forward in one motion. Rinse the polisher and repeat. Do it at least 2-3 times until you feel the tongue is really clean. Don't forget to clean the side of the tongue. Finally, rinse with clean water.
It's the same if you use a toothbrush. Brush your tongue slowly in one direction, from the back of the tongue to the front. You can also add a little toothpaste or soak your clean toothbrush into the mouthwash before you start brushing your tongue.
Another alternative, you can use a toothbrush model that has a tongue cleaning feature on the back of the brush head.
Make sure to clean your tongue at least once a day, especially on the morning after all night your body detects all poisons when you sleep. However, it would be better if you clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth in the morning and evening.
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