The Benefits of Tongue Cleansing

Tongue cleansing has been medically shown to improve both oral care and wider health issues.

The oral care benefits:

Our tongues are almost a third of the surface area of our mouth. They are a rich surface of papillae that has been likened to a deep-pile carpet. That makes them an excellent trap for decaying food debris and bacteria.

Medical evidence shows that this cocktail will:

  • Create bad breathe, plaque and dental decay.
  • Whilst clogging the tongue’s surface will reduce our taste sensitivity.

The benefits of tongue cleansing are thus:

It reduces bad breath

Tongue bacteria accounts for 80% to 90% of all cases of bad breath” 

Source: American Association for Dental Research

“Cleaning the tongue after eating smelly, sticky, or greasy foods should be a routine oral hygiene activity, just as necessary as using deodorant or taking a shower"

Source: Dental Economics

It reduces plaque formation

Plaque forming Streptococci counts increased tenfold after a week of not brushing the tongue"

Source: Journal of American Dentistry

It reduces tooth decay

“ A reduction in tooth root caries will be achieved”

Source: Australian Dental Journal

It refreshes the palate - enabling our taste buds to function more effectively

 “A dirty mouth cannot taste the subtle flavours in good food”

Source: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry

 “Tongue cleaning, especially with the scraper, improves taste sensation, (there were) significant improvements for quinine and sodium chloride"

Source: Journal of Clinical Periodontology

The wider health issues:

A good oral hygiene regime is actively recommended – including cleansing the tongue (since it represents one third of the mouths surface area), because:

"It reduces unfriendly bacteria entering the stomach and blood stream"

Source: Biomedcentral Oral Health

"It reduces the threat of heart disease - because of the link between poor oral care, periodontal disease and the consequential increased risk of cardiovascular disease"

Source: British Medical Journal

"The presence of periodontal disease has been related to diabetes, coronary artery disease, and stroke. The tongue provides a major source of organisms for these local diseases and may potentially have overall systemic effects"

Source: Dental Economics

"It reduces STDs residing on the tongue and the risk of HPV infection"

Source: Journal of Cancer Prevention Research