Is your breath starting to smell? A major cause of bad breath is the build up of food particles and bacteria on the surface of the tongue. Your City of Leeds dentist recommends tongue cleaning regularly in order to reduce the nasty side effects of a dirty tongue. Having bad breath is unpleasant enough; there are other serious consequences to not cleaning your tongue. Any bacteria or fungi that breeds unhindered on the surface of the tongue can spread to the gums causing gum disease and major consequences.
There are different types of tongue cleaners available, your dentist will be able to suggest one that would be suitable for you. One type is a nylon or plastic wire, like a stronger version of dental floss, which is held in a plastic prong. Placing this at the back of your tongue and running along the surface all the way to the front will scrap much of the build up of material. Other tongue cleaners are simply plastic scrappers that can be run along the tongue to remove excess food and bacteria. Some tooth brushes have a simple tongue cleaner on the back of the head in order to clean your tongue when brushing your teeth.
Stop the spread of bacteria and other harmful material to the rest of your mouth today by regularly cleaning your tongue. Do this alongside brushing your teeth, flossing and maintaining a healthy diet and you should prevent the majority of dental and oral health problems.