Tongue cleaning is to clean the tongue. It is the most important oral hygiene procedure to keep the breath clean and fresh. Bad breath is the most common problem and whosoever is suffering from bad breath really wants to get rid of this as this is socially very embarrassing. The surface of the tongue is the major breeding ground for all types of bacteria which cause dental problems like tooth decay, gums problems or the problem of bad breath. The tongue surface is not smooth there are innumerable depression on the tongue surface which are ideal niches for bacterial adhesion and growth. The desquamated cells and the food particles also remain trapped in these retentitive areas on the tongue. These get putrefied by the bacteria. The accumulation of food remnants intermingled with exfoliated cells and bacteria causes a coating on the tongue this can not be easily removed because of the retention offered by the irregular surface of the tongue. It is found that prevalence of tongue coating is six times higher in patients with gum diseases.
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The coated tongue is considered to be the primary factor for bad breath. It is found that brushing the teeth reduces the bad breath by 25 %. Tongue cleaning alone reduces the bad breath by 75 % and cleaning the tongue and brushing the teeth together will reduce the bad breath by 85 %. So one can make out how important tongue cleaning is, especially for bad breath.
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