The tongue is an integral part of our mouths and helps make things such as speech and tasting possible. However, for some reason it tends to not get the appreciation it deserves. It is such a sensitive part of the mouth that is easily affected by flavour and temperature.
The tongue is also an area of the mouth that essentially collects all of what you’ve eaten for the day (and sometimes days prior as well). Not all food particles make it down your throat for digestion and even a rinse with water sometimes isn’t enough to thoroughly clean the tongue. “By missing out your tongue, you not only allow bacteria to form layers on your tongue, but you also increase the chances of oral issues such as bad breath. By failing to clean your tongue properly, bacteria that build up on your teeth, gums, and tongue release smelly gases.”
The most effective way to clean the tongue would be to use a tongue scraper which is designed specifically for that purpose. A toothbrush can also be effective, but a tongue scraper is able to thoroughly remove the build up of old food debris and bacteria. You should also clean your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Consult with your Ottawa dentist about the best tongue cleaning products and techniques.