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10 Tips for Tongue Cleaning & to Avoid Bad Breath

Tongue cleaning is as important as brushing your teeth. That’s because your tongue says and reveals a lot about the state of your health and oral hygiene. And maybe it’s time you listen to it.

A healthy tongue is pink and makes the mouth smell fresh. Whereas an unhealthy tongue could vary in colour, right from pale to bright red to purple. If you’re suffering from bad breath, your tongue will definitely be one of these colours but most likely you will have a white tongue.

But don’t worry, these 10 tips will help you keep your tongue baby pink clean and show you how to avoid bad breath:

  1. The best way to prevent bacteria from growing on your tongue is to clean it regularly. There are toothbrushes designed for tongue cleaning, most of which allow you to use the reverse side for this process.
  2. Invest in a clean, hygienic tongue scraper. But remember not to use too much pressure while scraping; you’re trying to clean your tongue not scrape it off completely. Tongue scraping must always be done using a downward motion.
  3. While toothpaste is used mostly for your teeth, you can coat your tongue with it before scraping too. Why? Well, toothpaste makes removing the bacteria on your tongue easier by neutralizing it.
  4. It is mandatory that you thoroughly wash your mouth with water after scraping.
  5. Post your scraping session, it won’t hurt to use a mouthwash occasionally, though this is not mandatory. While mouth washes fight the bad odour caused by bacteria deposition on your tongue, bear in mind that overuse can cause your mouth to become too dry.
  6. Saline water is also a great alternative to chemical mouthwashes. Simply gargle your mouth with salt water about five to six times a day.
  7. Drink plenty of green tea because it kills oral bacteria with a vengeance.
  8. Eat a lot of fresh, crunchy, raw veggies as they keep are really healthy. And the results will show in the form a healthy pink tongue.
  9. When you contract a high fever your tongue gets coated in a white layer. Don’t panic and over-scrape; there are ointments for such fungal infections.
  10. And last but not the least, drink lots of water, at least 2 litres a day. That’s because dehydration is known to cause tongue discoloration.

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Regular tongue cleaning will help rid your mouth of all the different bacteria that could cause bad breath as well as other oral problems. Good oral hygiene is not only necessary for your health and well-being but also subconsciously helps people develop a positive impression about you. Think about it, when was the last time you could remain angry with a person who has a lovely smile, a clean set of teeth and minty fresh breath. That’s the power of oral hygiene; and a clean tongue is an essential aspect of it. 

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