Friday, November 23, 2007

Getting Rid of Bad Breath: The Tongue Scraper a Quick, Easy, Natural and Effective Solution for Reducing Halitosis

Okay, it's a touchy subject but one that needs to be addressed.....bad breath. From bad morning breath to severe and persistent halitosis there is a solution that takes about 2 minutes daily. It's a tongue scraper and it can help you and your loved ones, colleagues and other individuals who come into close proximity with you and your stinky breath.

So, what exactly is a tongue scraper and how does a tongue scraper work?

A tongue scraper or tongue rake is a device with a plastic or metal loop in one end which is used to clean the tongue by removing the coating of plaque. It has been suggested that they have been used since ancient times in India and China. Food particles and bacteria sit not only on your gum line and in between your teeth, it grows on your tongue as well; the primary source of bad breath.

85% of bad breath is the result of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) produced by bacteria on the back of your tongue where your toothbrush can't reach.The buildup of bacteria or plaque on the tongue is often the cause of halitosis, i.e. bad breath. Essentially, the tongue cleansing helps you eliminate bad breath at its source; your tongue and in particular at the very back of your tongue. Modern research confirms that a tongue scraper is the best way to remove bacteria that cause bad breath. Tongue cleansing also helps improve taste, removes the coating on the tongue and slow the growth of plaque.

Halitosis has a significant impact — personally and socially — on those who suffer from it or believe they do, and is estimated to be the 3rd most frequent reason for seeking dental aid, following tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Use a Tongue Scraper in the morning, after meals and at night before you go to bed. This will help break up the plaque build up as well as help you scrape away odor causing bacteria.

When buying a tongue scraper; look for a smaller scraper so as to prevent any gagging when scraping or cleansing. Den Tek is my favorite scraper on the market.

Directions on how to use a tongue scraper:
Extend your tongue. Place the Tongue Cleaner on the back of your tongue and pull forward, skimming the surface of your tongue. Rinse the Tongue Cleaner with warm water and repeat as necessary.

By using a tongue scraper daily you can cure bad breath easily without spending a fortune on products that mask the symptoms and fail to get to the root of your problem.
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