Why is it that although you brush your teeth twice a day, bad breath still plagues you?
You can’t be sure of having fresh breath the whole day if all you do in the morning is brush. No matter which brand of toothpaste you use, brushing only eliminates the bacteria on your teeth and gums. It completely disregards the major hotspot for nasty bacteria and germs in your mouth- your tongue.
Our tongues are soft, bumpy surfaces that germs love to pile up on. That is why morning breath is the nastiest because our digestive system removes toxins by depositing them on our tongues during our sleep. It’s extremely important to get rid of these germs because they could venture into our respiratory or digestive system.
Other than future health complications, leaving this pile of bacteria, dead cells and food debris on your tongue causes bad breath that affects you (and everyone else around you). The coating on your tongue also blocks your food from reaching your taste buds and alters the way you enjoy your meals.
Don’t worry, we aren’t going to introduce a 5-step process to clean your tongue.
All you need is a tongue cleaner. A tongue cleaner is a metal scraper shaped in an upside down ‘U’. Simply open your mouth and stick your tongue out before dragging it across the back of your tongue to the front.
If you haven’t used one before, you’ll be surprised to see a white or yellowish paste being deposited on the back of your tongue cleaner as you drag it across your tongue. Repeat this action a few more times until you no longer see any bacteria on the tongue cleaner. And hey! That means fresh smelling breath for the rest of the day.
If you don’t have a tongue cleaner at hand, the side of a metal spoon works as well. Use the tongue cleaner twice a day, right after you brush your teeth in the morning and at night.
Get a tongue cleaner from Guardian here. Some Pasar Malams or homeware shops in Singapore also carry tongue cleaners that could cost lesser than S$5!