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               USE OF TONGUE CLEANER 

Tongue cleaner characteristics and uses

       A tongue cleaner (also called a tongue scraper or tongue brush) is an oral hygiene device designed to clean other bacterial build-up, food debris, fungi,and dead cells from the surface of the tongue, The
bacteria and fungi that grow on the tongue
are related to many common oral care and general health problem.

          In addition,decaying bacteria produce
volatile sulphur compounds on the surface of the tongue ; these molecules account for 80 to 95 percent of all cases of mouth odour (bad breath).
     The top surface of the tongue can be cleaned using a tongue cleaner, a tongue brush/scaper or a toothbrush. However, toothbrushes are not considered as effective for this purpose because they are designed for brushing the teeth, which have a solid structure unlike the spongy tissue of the tongue.
      There are many different types of tongue cleaners. Tongue cleaners are shaped in accordance with the anatomy of the tongue for efrective cleaning of the surface of the tongue. Tongue cleaners are made from plastic, metal or other
materials. Their effectiveness varies widely
depending on the shape, dimensions, configuration,quality of the contract surface and materials used.

      In addition, tongue cleaning gels or pastes used in association with the tongue cleaners as antibacterial agents may enhance cleaning effects.

The surface of the tongue may be viewed
as an excellent breeding ground for protein-rich areas of the tongue, and eventually, through the saliva, reach
all areas ofthe mouth including the teeth and gums.These bacteria are considered as major contributors gum recession and even tooth loss.

   
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