The most efficient way of cleaning your tongue is either with a soft-bristled toothbrush or by using a tongue cleaner. Tongue cleaners are usually made from a soft flexible plastic that helps to remove the thin layer of debris and mucus that coats your tongue. The best time to clean your tongue is after brushing your teeth while there is still some toothpaste residue in your mouth.
Why clean your tongue with a tongue cleaner? Your mouth and tongue have naturally occurring bacteria which, while in balance, creates a healthy environment. However other bacteria in your mouth can lead to problems such as bad breath, tooth decay and gum disease. In conjunction with a good oral hygiene regime regularly removing 'bad' bacteria, food debris and dead skin cells can help to promote a healthy mouth, while reducing the likelihood of problems.
How often should you use a tongue cleaner? You should use a tongue cleaner once a day. Position the tongue cleaner or scraper at the back of your tongue, and pull forward two or three times. You can clean your tongue as part of your oral hygiene routine either in the morning or at night.
What if my tongue is white and yellow? This maybe caused by an oral thrush infection. This condition is caused by a yeast infection called Candida albicans. An over-growth of this yeast can result in patches of white or yellow on your tongue, cheeks, gums or lips. If you are concerns that you have oral thrush please speak to a pharmacist or doctor for their advice. Please see the range of over-the-counter medicines for oral thrush treatments.