Your tongue matters seriously in your oral health. Learn here in 5 steps how to use a tongue cleaner and its benefits. Believe it or not, in the end the food you eat will even taste better!
Have you got a white or yellowish coloured coating on top of your tongue? Are you embarrassed by your breath? You are a non-smoker, still you battle with your breath? Do you have digestive problems? If you’ve answered yes at least to one of these questions, be aware that your tongue matters considerably both in your oral and overall health. In this article we’ll explain exactly how to use a tongue cleaner in 5 simple steps.
- What is a tongue cleaner?
- How to use a tongue cleaner?
- Do's and don'ts of a tongue cleaner
- How to choose an eco-friendly tongue cleaner?
- Benefits of using a tongue cleaner
What is a tongue cleaner?
Literally it is a device to clean your tongue. It is also called tongue scraper or tongue brush depending on the design. So you are thinking in relief: I already brush my tongue with my toothbrush. You do well, but our recommendation is: don’t choose between brushing or scraping your tongue.Do both and get double cleanliness and it’s 10 times more effective :)
Typically there’s a white or yellowish coating on the top layer of the tongue. Our tongues harbour a large niche of microorganisms in the oral cavity, as result of food debris, saliva and dead cells. In other words, it’s like leaving leftovers in a car on a hot day. So, it is important to thoroughly collect the residue and clean the surface of the tongue, daily.
You may be surprised to know that tongue cleaners in various materials have been used for centuries in oral hygiene from Asia to Europe and Africa. So get your tongue out in front of a mirror and let’s learn how to use your new oral care friend.
How to use a tongue cleaner?
It might not be sexy, but it can be a confidence booster. Make it fun!
Step #1 - Prepare your tongue
- Stand in front of the mirror. Smile and greet yourself on a good morning! Yes, you should do it in the morning with an empty stomach(learn why ahead).
- Open your mouth and stick out your tongue.
- Start by moistening your tongue with water or mouthwash.
Step #2 - Place the cleaner on your tongue
- Just start from the middle of your tongue to the tip.
- Never place The Bam&Boo cleaner too far back on your tongue.
Very Important Tip
*NEVER* push the cleaner from the tip of your tongue back.
The motion is always back to front.
- Then you can gradually start further back as you get used to the sensation.
- Keep it easy and avoid the hassle or discomfort.
Step #3 - Press gently and scrape forward
- Be mindful of how much pressure you apply.
- Start soft to avoid harming your taste buds or break the skin and gradually increase the pressure.
- This forward motion is key to loosen, collect and remove all debris and microorganisms in your tongue.
Step #4 - Repeat and wash your tongue cleaner
- After each scrape, wash The Bam&Boo tongue cleaner to remove debris and repeat.
- One or two scrapes across the same area is usually enough. But you may repeat 5 to 8 times for better results.
How long does it take you to clean the tongue?
Less than 2 minutes. For beginners, it might take a little longer, but you’ll get the hang of it, And be reminded that consistency is the key!
Step #5 - Take care of your tongue cleaner and complete oral care routine
- Gentle hand wash your The Bam&Boo tongue cleaner with warm water and soap and store it in a clean, dry area.
- Follow tongue cleaning withflossing,brushing and a large glass of water.
How often should you clean your tongue?
To prevent built-up bacteria and achieve better smelling breath, you shouldintegrate tongue cleaning into your morning and evening oral care, together with brushing and flossing.
Et voilà! You’ve nailed it.
Do’s and Don’ts of a tongue cleaner
There are 3 major side effects of using a tongue cleaner. It can make you vomit, gag reflex or damage of taste buds. Good news is that you can avoid/prevent these by using the tongue cleaner correctly. Check here:
1. Don’t use the tongue cleaner after eating - No vomit!
The best time for daily tongue cleaning is in the morning on an empty stomach. This will avoid vomiting or gagging in case you’re more sensitive
2. Don’t place the tongue cleaner too far back on your tongue - No gag reflex!
The best procedure is to place the tongue cleaner in the middle of your tongue and start scraping from there to the tip.
3. Don’t press too hard when scraping - No harm of taste buds!
The best pressure when moving the tongue cleaner on the surface of your tongue is always soft and gentle, still firm. You’ll avoid breaking the skin and damaging your taste buds. Once you get used to your eco-friendly The Bam&Boo tongue cleaner you’ll increase the pressure.
How to choose an eco-friendly tongue cleaner?
Choosing your tongue cleaner is a unique experience likewise choosing the right toothbrush for you. Obviously we root for tongue cleaners made of sustainable materials like copper or stainless steel, ultra hygienic, easy to clean and long lasting.
But we want you to be informed of the different materials and shapes, so that you can make the most eco-friendly choice that best suits your comfort and sustainable lifestyle.
Basically there are 3 options for this oral care tool: plastic, copper and stainless steel. Selection is a lot easier now than in ancient times when tongue cleaners were made of ivory, flexible wood, mother-of-pearl, whalebone, gold, silver, brass or tortoiseshell. Incredible, right?
Aplastic tongue cleaner can be gentler on your tongue. It might offer a more comfortable and easier grip. It is affordable. There are coloured versions which can be practical in a family. But it isn’t an eco-friendly option. Plus, you have to replace them more frequently (3/4 months).
A copper tongue cleaner isnaturally antimicrobial and antibacterial. Copper is considered the best metal to fight bad bacteria. Its antiseptic properties also make it a good pick. It will last a lifetime if you care for it properly (occasionally swab with lime juice to remove tarnish).
3. Stainless steel
The stainless steel tongue cleaner is resistant to bacteria and ultra-hygienic, very easy to bend and disinfect. Like copper, it is a metal and it’s heavier than plastic. Plus, the feeling of stainless steel on the surface of the tongue is a totally different experience from plastic. The stainless steel tongue cleaner is long lasting, if you take proper care for it. It isnot naturally susceptible to rust or mold. It is BPA free, therefore an eco-friendly option.
A tongue cleaner is certainly a quirky tool.There are several designs: U or V shaped, others feature a small scraper at the end of the handle like a toothbrush. Some have wide based handles, others offer long slender handles. Smooth and comfortable edges. They are all ergonomically designed and one doesn’t work better than the other. This is a very personal choice regarding comfort and sustainability.
Benefits of using a tongue cleaner
- Removal of dead cells and bacteria
- Improve the appearance of your tongue
- Reduce bad breath
- Increase confidence
- Food will taste better
- Improve oral and gut health
- Better overall health!
Welcome The Bam&Boo tongue cleaner, your new oral care family member. On a final note, save the right order of your oral care routine: clean your tongue, floss & brush your teeth and mouthwash. Keep smiling!
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