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.

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Happy National Fresh Breath Month: Free Tongue Cleaners for All

Don’t forget your free tongue cleaner!

As you might know ProFresh is celebrating National Fresh Breath Day all August long, and we’re giving out presents! Keep bad breath at bay with a free ProFresh Tongue Cleaner. Tongue cleaning  is one of the easiest and most effective ways to fight halitosis and plaque.

What does a tongue cleaner do?

Using a tongue cleaner removes a nasty coating of “biofilm” from the mouth. Biofilm is that white stuff we see on our tongues, and one of the leading causes of bad breath. It may look harmless but it’s actually a collection of oral debris that’s made up of, dead skin cells and blood cells, carbohydrates, sugars, and other digestible bacterial matter. And not only does it cause bad breath, but also causes plaque levels in the mouth to skyrocket. Don’t fear though, tongue cleaning twice a day before brushing can seriously reduce your levels of biofilm, leaving your mouth clean and breath fresh.

5 Tongue Cleaning Tips

  1. Gently clean your tongue twice-a-day, BEFORE brushing. Start from the back and pull forward. This ensures that the film won’t be spread to other areas of the mouth while you brush.
  2. Reach the furthest part of your tongue that you can without making yourself gag. A lot of biofilm likes to sit on the back of the tongue where normal brushing doesn’t reach.
  3. Use an activated mouth rinse like ProFresh before you clean your tongue. ProFresh kills any anaerobic bacteria and organic matter present in the mouth. Using ProFresh rinse before your tongue cleaner ensures that you are sweeping away all of the bad breath causing debris in your mouth.
  4. Replace your tongue cleaner every 2-3 months. Just like your toothbrush, eventually tongue cleaners need to be replaced. Always use a new tongue cleaner if you’ve just been sick.
  5. If you lose your free tongue cleaner, or you forget it at home, try using a spoon to remove biofilm.

Haven’t gotten your tongue cleaner yet?

Follow the link to our Facebook page. From there you will find instructions about how to get your tongue cleaner shipped to your door. Here’s wishing everyone a very happy National Fresh Breath Day, breathe easy and smile! ProFresh Facebook Giveaway:

ProFresh Tongue Cleaner

About National Fresh Breath Day – Aug. 6th

“National Fresh Breath Day” was created by dentists and oral care professionals, to raise awareness that breath is an important part of overall health and wellness. National Fresh Breath Day reminds us to keep our breath fresh by eliminating bacteria, reducing the risk of Gingivitis, Periodontal Disease, and of course, Halitosis. On August 6th take the opportunity to refresh your oral care routine, and remind your friends and family of the importance of breath health. Visit for more information about the best practices for your oral care.

Bad Breath Cure Also Supports Healthier Teeth and Gums

Struggling with plaque or gum disease?  ProFresh customers and their dentists’ report healthier teeth and gums!

ProFresh is well-known as a highly-effective bad breath cure, but it does more than just stop chronic halitosis.  It also supports a healthier mouth!

Active chlorine dioxide is the key ingredient in ProFresh that makes this oral rinse unique.  Chlorine dioxide is a safe, but tough antibacterial.  The ProFresh System considerably decreases the amount of free floating bacteria in the mouth, and as a result, the amount of dental plaque that builds up around the teeth and gums.  Dental plaque causes tooth decay and periodontal disease.  While active chlorine dioxide is the star of this show, there is an important co-star….

Tongue cleaning is also a key component of the ProFresh System.  Studies have proven that tongue cleaning is very effective in reducing dental plaque as well as the bacteria that cause bad breath.  Removing the bacteria in the mouth by rinsing with ProFresh reduces dental plaque even further than tongue cleaning alone.

Science is important, but our customers know first-hand the effects of using ProFresh on their teeth and gums.  Here’s what they have to say:

“I use ProFresh in my water flosser. My dentist says to keep doing what I am as my teeth require very little cleaning.” – Larry A.

“After having 4 cavities when my diabetes was out of control, this was recommended by my dentist.  6 months later they said I have done a good job of keeping away plaque and no cavities.” – Denise M.

“This product has helped significantly with my periodontal gum disease.  My last four dental appoints have been great.” – Connie M.

“I’m a happy customer these days. The first time I tried ProFresh almost the same day my wife said I smelled good – no more odor.  Now that made my day. Then I went for my dental check-up after about 2 months on ProFresh and I have never got such a good report. I like the fact that I work on one problem and fix 2 … can’t beat that. Thanks – Ed

If you are struggling with plaque or gum disease, consider making ProFresh a part of your daily dental hygiene routine.  To order or learn more, visit:

Chlorine Dioxide Mouthwash Eliminates Bad Breath

What if you could rinse away bad breath with a highly-specialized mouthwash that contained a secret ingredient that was proven to kill the bacteria that cause bad breath?   Well you can!  The secret ingredient is active chlorine dioxide.  But be careful… only one mouthwash on the market has the concentration of chlorine dioxide necessary to kill the bacteria that are the root cause of bad breath.  The US Patent held by ProFresh International for its bad breath solution called ProFresh Oral Rinse, makes it the only chlorine dioxide mouthwash permitted, by law, to use active chlorine dioxide in the concentration scientifically-proven to stop bad breath.

Only ProFresh contains active chlorine dioxide at levels proven to stop bad breath. The U.S. Patent for ProFresh ensures this fact.

Other mouthwashes on the market present themselves as chlorine dioxide rinses when they – in fact – contain no chlorine dioxide at all.  TheraBreath, Oxyfresh, and CloSYS I for example contain stabilized chlorine dioxide.  This is tricky because the average person would assume that that means the product in fact contains chlorine dioxide.  If you are a scientist you know that stabilized chlorine dioxide actually contains no chlorine dioxide at all!  These “stabilized” chlorine dioxide mouth rinses contain sodium chlorite which is a salt used in the manufacture of chlorine dioxide. As a chemical precursor of chlorine dioxide, sodium chlorite is also sometimes called “stabilized chlorine dioxide” although, in fact, it contains no chlorine dioxide at all! This is very misleading.

Dr. Anthony Youn, a well-known plastic surgeon often seen on the Rachael Ray show, recently published an article on discussing bad breath and how to address it (  His recommendation was to use a chlorine dioxide rinse!  Chlorine dioxide is safe and very effective at neutralizing the volatile sulfur compounds on the back of the tongue that cause bad breath odor.

Only ProFresh contains active chlorine dioxide at levels proven to stop bad breath.  The U.S. Patent for ProFresh ensures this fact.

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Common Questions About ProFresh

Stob Bad Breath with ProFresh

Gail works in a dental office and had struggled with bad breath for a long time.  She had tried many products and found that nothing worked – until she ordered ProFresh:

“It seems like nothing short of a miracle… after trying soooo many products I was thoroughly convinced this embarrassing problem was stomach related.  I actually cannot tell you what prompted me to purchase yet another product….THANK GOD I DID.  A TRUE BLESSING AND MIRACLE. “  — Gail

Gail also had several questions about ProFresh, its safety and usage.  We are sharing her questions and our replies below.

Q:  Is ProFresh completely safe for long term use?

A:  Yes, ProFresh is completely safe for long term use. We have customers who have used ProFresh for over 15 years.  In addition, Kross-Link Laboratories and Hilltop Research have assessed the safety of ProFresh and determined that it is completely safe when used as directed. Instructions are to rinse with ProFresh and spit out.  Kross-Link Laboratories suggests that even if a ProFresh user ingested 10% of the recommended daily dose of ProFresh – which is very unlikely – they would still be well within safe limits of ingestion of the active compound chlorine dioxide.   Chlorine dioxide has long been used to purify drinking water supplies worldwide.

Q:  What happens if I swallow a little?  I love to use the little carry-around spray bottle of ProFresh, but when I am on the go it is not convenient to rinse and spit ProFresh out.  Is it safe to swallow?

A:  Yes ProFresh is safe to swallow when sprayed from the small bottle.  Ingesting this small amount is safe.

Q:  Does the effectiveness fade with time?  Please tell me I will not become “immune” to the active agent in ProFresh making the rinse less effective over time!

A:  ProFresh is effective for long-term use.  You will not become “immune” to its breath-freshening agent.

Q:  Your instructions recommend that new users add two “A” Activator and two “B” Activator packs to the first bottle.  This double strength bottled has worked great for me.  Will I always need those extra activators?

A: We recommend double activating the first bottle to quickly attack the built-up bacteria on your tongue that cause bad breath.  About 20% of our customers double activate all bottles for extra strength.  By having a loved one check your breath, you can determine if you need to continue with double activation.

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Discovering a Chlorine Dioxide Bad Breath Cure

Dr. Jon L. Richter D.M.D., PH.D.
Founder of ProFresh and World Recognized Authority on Halitosis

Chlorine dioxide (ClO2) is a water-soluble gas that is a highly effective and non-toxic deodorizer and anti-bacterial agent.  In 1992 Dr. Jon Richter D.M.D., PH.D., founded the first bad breath clinic in the United States. In his clinic, he discovered that almost all cases of bad breath originate from a type of bacteria that lives primarily on the back surface of the tongue. He found that cleaning the back of the tongue and rinsing with a solution containing chlorine dioxide eliminated bad breath in over 99% of the patients he treated.  His exciting early results have since been scientifically proven in clinical studies.

ProFresh – Chlorine Dioxide Oral Rinse – is Born

To bring this important breakthrough to the public at large, Dr. Richter created the ProFresh Breath Care System which features the ProFresh chlorine dioxide oral rinse.  Though it is listed as an ingredient in many mouth rinses, only one product – ProFresh – actually contains chlorine dioxide. This uniqueness is confirmed by ProFresh’s patent on the use of chlorine dioxide for neutralizing bad breath (U.S. Patent No. 5,738,840). In fact this U.S. Patent awarded to Dr. Richter for ProFresh excludes any other mouth rinse from containing a significant amount of chlorine dioxide.

Consumer Alert:  “Stabilized” Chlorine Dioxide Mouthwash

As the effectiveness of chlorine dioxide became more well-known, other bad breath products on the market began to claim the benefits of chlorine dioxide.  Consumers should be aware that “stabilized” chlorine dioxide mouthwash products often claim the benefits of chlorine dioxide without any supporting research. Chlorine dioxide and “stabilized” chlorine dioxide are far from the same!  These “stabilized” chlorine dioxide mouth rinses contain sodium chlorite which is a salt used in the manufacture of chlorine dioxide. As a chemical precursor of chlorine dioxide, sodium chlorite is also called “stabilized chlorine dioxide” although, in fact, it contains no chlorine dioxide at all!

Only ProFresh contains chlorine dioxide at levels known to stop bad breath.  The U.S. Patent for ProFresh ensures this fact.

ProFresh is available for in-home use.  Click here for information:

Are You Wondering How to Get Rid of Bad Breath? The Rachael Ray Show Recommends ProFresh!


ProFresh was just featured on The Rachael Ray Show! On March 8th, show regular Dr. Youn demonstrated The ProFresh Breath Care System on the show.  Dr. Youn and Rachael Ray tested a woman’s breath with a machine that measures breath odor levels and found – as she had reported – that she suffered from bad breath odor.

Dr. Youn demonstrated the main elements of the ProFresh Breath Care system – daily tongue cleaning and rinsing with the scientifically-proven ProFresh rinse. He shared with Rachael Ray viewers that ProFresh is 99% effective in getting rid of bad breath!   He explained that the active ingredient in ProFresh – chlorine dioxide – attacks the source of bad breath odor.  Research shows that halitosis is not caused by poor oral hygiene, cavities or gum disease, but by bacteria that live on the back of the tongue called anaerobic bacteria. Chlorine dioxide has been clinically proven to kill the bacteria that cause bad breath odor.  The ProFresh U.S. patent prohibits any other mouth rinse from including chlorine dioxide at levels known to stop halitosis. Therefore, it is the only genuine chlorine dioxide mouthwash.

So if you are wondering how to get rid of bad breath, look no further.  A twice daily, 2-minute program of tongue scrapping and rinsing with the ProFresh chlorine dioxide oral rinse has been clinically proven to be 99% effective in eliminating bad breath odor.  If you already use ProFresh then you know it’s true! If not, then just like scores of Rachael Ray viewers, you too can have fresh breath 24-hours a day!

ProFresh has been featured on The Rachael Ray Show, Good Morning America, 20/20 and in Reader’s Digest.

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