Proper Tongue Cleaning Might Save Your Life

Do You Ever Clean Your Tongue?

If not, you have probably noticed a white or yellow coating on your tongue’s surface. That’s Biofilm, and it’s home to billions of disease causing bacteria.

What is Biofilm?

This mucus-coating is a combination of food debris, dead skin cells, and free-floating plaque. You’ll notice that it’s thickest on the back of the tongue where small bumps, called papillae, easily trap the stray debris. And while this all sounds pretty gross, what lies beneath is far worse.

Millions upon-millions of disease-causing, plaque forming, bad breath generating bacteria make their homes underneath the biofilm layer. They’re called anaerobic bacteria (think, opposite of aerobic), and they thrive in this kind of oxygen-free environments.

The debris and bacteria in biofilm are responsible for a variety of oral and dental problems:

  1. Biofilm and it’s bacteria are responsible for 99% of bad breath! First, the bacteria and debris, in and under the biofilm putrefy. Then, they start producing foul-smelling sulphur-gases, called VSCs, responsible for bad breath, and serious halitosis. 50% of people who do not practice tongue cleaning have detectable degree of VSCs and bad breath.
  2. Biofilm allows plaque and tartar to build-up rapidly. According to the National Institute of Health, left unchecked plaque can cause tartar to build-up around the teeth and gums. This causes cavities to form, and leads to tooth-decay, or complete tooth-loss. Dental decay, puts you at serious risk for gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis. And people with gum disease are far more susceptible to systemic diseases, which affect the body’s total health and overall well-being.
  3. Tongue cleaning might save your life! Recent studies have recently concluded that those with oral diseases like gingivitis, halitosis, periodontitis, and tooth-loss are far more likely to experience systemic disease in their lifetime. In a new report filed by the Center for Disease Control, scientists warn those with poor oral hygiene, can expect to be at a higher risk for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s, as well as other systemic conditions.

Tongue Cleaning: Remove Biofilm at the Source!

Proper Tongue Cleaning will eliminate biofilm, and it’s components at the source! To properly clean your tongue you should use a flat, angled scraper (like the ProFresh Tongue Cleaner) and place the fan-shaped cleaning edge on the very back of your tongue. Make sure the angled-edge is facing down. Hold the Tongue Cleaner firmly again your tongue and pull it forward.

Repeat this motion 3-6 times, rinsing your mouth and the tongue cleaner with water each time. Be sure to clean the sides of your tongue as well as the middle to remove all biofilm. Extending your tongue as much as possible will help reach the row of small-bumps that lie at the back of the tongue.

Now, Neutralize the Bacteria

Daily use of an alcohol-free, Antimicrobial Oral Rinse, like ProFresh, is the only way to prevent the bacteria and biofilm from coming back. While there are many kinds of antibacterial oral rinse, patented ProFresh Oral Rinse is the most effective. The Molecular Chlorine Dioxide in ProFresh (ClO2) cleanses the mouth in a variety of ways. ProFresh is specially formulated, and clinically proven to:

  • Reduce proteins that allow anaerobic bacteria to ferment
  • Neutralize anaerobic bacteria, pathogens and the smell they produce on contact
  • Remove oral debris, loosening the biofilm coating
  • Destroy any free-floating dental plaque,
  • Inhibit tartar build-up on the teeth and around gums
  • Prevent plaque, VSCs, and biofilm from reforming
  • Leave healthy tissue completely untouched

Practicing proper tongue cleaning is important! It keeps your mouth clean, your breath fresh, and your teeth where they’re supposed to be. It can help prevent both oral and systemic disease. And, it’s an incredibly simple and quick addition to your daily routine.

So the next time you brush your teeth, try not to forget about your tongue. It might just save your life.

For more information about ProFresh, tongue cleaning, and your oral health visit www.profresh.com.

Make a New Year’s Resolution for a Healthier Mouth

The freshness of the New Year is a great time to recommit ourselves to our health!  Why not make a New Year’s resolution for a healthier mouth?  Did you know that a healthy mouth has been linked to better overall health, while plaque build-up has been shown to negatively affect heart health?  Here’s how you can put yourself on track for a healthier mouth in 2014! It’s simple and can have far-reaching benefits for your health, as well as your personal and professional life.

Start Today!  Commit to these 5 simple things...
Start Today! Commit to these 5 simple things…
  1.  Replace Your Toothbrush Every 2-3 Months

Most of us brush our teeth morning and night.  But did you know that it’s a good idea to replace your toothbrush every 2-3 months? The brush bristles become worn over time and can become less effective.  They can also damage the gums.

  1. Schedule Your Dental Check-Ups Now

We all do it…. We make a note to schedule our dental cleaning and then somehow, 3 weeks later it’s STILL on the “To Do” list!  Pick up the phone now and make your appointments for your dental check-ups for this year.  Regular visits to the dentist help keep your teeth sparkling and your gums healthy.  Having your teeth cleaned regularly reduces plaque which can build up and create tartar on your teeth.  Plaque also irritates the gums and can cause gum disease.  So even though having your teeth cleaned can be uncomfortable, committing yourself to check-ups can make a big difference for the health of your mouth.

  1. Floss Once a Day

Flossing is the best way to keep plaque at bay between dental visits.  But most of us don’t floss every day.  Why not?  Well it’s just not that interesting, a little yucky and uncomfortable.  Plus it takes time when we have better things to do like start our day or get to bed.  But as with any routine, the key is just to start.  Put your floss in plain view as a reminder.  Start with your upper teeth on Monday and then the lower teeth on Tuesday.  Once you get into practice, flossing the whole mouth will be a snap.  Plus the feeling of clean gums and the fresh breath that it fosters will be its own reward.

  1. Clean Your Tongue

Tongue cleaning can go a long way toward reducing bacteria in the mouth that contribute to plaque and cause bad breath.  Maybe you already brush your tongue?  But using a toothbrush to clean the tongue is like using a broom to clean a shag carpet.  The surface of the tongue is very rough; to get to the pesky bacteria that are lurking in the groves of your tongue the most effective tool is a tongue cleaner.  They are inexpensive and you can pick one up at the local pharmacy.  Tongue cleaning can take some getting used to, but once you do, it’s quick and easy!

  1. Ditch the Mouthwash and Switch to a Chlorine Dioxide Mouth Rinse

Most mouthwash masks breath odors for a short time but does little to improve your breath or the health of your mouth for the long term.  Why throw your money away on mouthwash that doesn’t really get the job done?  Switch to a chlorine dioxide mouth rinse and get some serious results.  For example, ProFresh (www.profresh.com) is clinically proven 99.9% effective in killing the bacteria that cause bad breath.  It keeps your breath fresh for 24 hours. Plus, reducing the bacteria in the mouth will also reduce plaque build-up on your teeth leading to a much healthier mouth!

By committing yourself to these 5 simple things in 2014 you can significantly improve the health of your mouth.  Not only will you have healthier teeth and gums, but fresh breath and better general health.  Plus with a terrific smile and fresh breath, you can approach your professional and social interactions with confidence!