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Clean That Tongue!

Your tongue is one of the most important muscles in your body. For functionality purposes, it helps you taste, speak, and swallow! For your oral health to be in top shape, you are going to want to make sure your tongue is taken care of properly.


Most people are good about brushing their teeth everyday but often forget to clean their tongue. Your tongue holds about fifty percent of the bacteria in your mouth. If you forget to clean your tongue, after brushing the bacteria from your tongue rubs off on your teeth. It’s almost a waste of time if you don’t brush your tongue.

Bad Breath

Bad breath is a result of a dirty tongue. You can brush your teeth all you want but you won’t get rid of the bad breath until you clean off your tongue. People on the dating scene need to take this information seriously because you will never get a date with bad breath.

We have 3 methods you have to choose from if you are going to take cleaning your tongue seriously.


You can always use your toothbrush to brush away the bacteria on your tongue. Toothbrushes are designed to work on the hard surfaces of your teeth. They are not specifically designed for a soft tongue. It won’t get the job done like the next two options...

Tongue Scraper

Tongue Scrapers will effectively get the job done for your tongue. They are either made of a flexible, soft plastic or metal. You should start from the back of your tongue and bring it forward. It will lightly skim the bacteria off the top of your tongue. It is important to wash the scraper with each stroke.

Tongue Brush

They have a brush that is made specifically for your tongue. It has bristles like a toothbrush but different. They are designed precisely for the soft surfaces of your tongue. You would use it the same way as the tongue scraper. Starting from the back of your tongue and moving it forwards while washing it off in between each stroke. The tongue scraper is more effective but some people would rather have the tongue brush because it is lighter on your tongue.

You should do this every time you brush to improve your oral health, let alone your breath! The people closest to you will thank you for cleaning your tongue if you don’t already do this!