The tongue is one of the more interesting muscles of our body although many people who have taken a close-up look at the tongue would tend to disagree. Unfortunately, it can also cause a lot of problems for us. Wars have been started because of the tongue or the misuse of it but it may also be affecting us on a personal level and we may not even be aware of it.
Bad breath is something that all of us tend to go through from time to time but unfortunately, it can be difficult to detect in ourselves. For that reason, it is necessary for you to make sure that you are taking care of your oral hygiene regularly and that you are doing everything within your power to keep it from happening. After all, halitosis is one of the more offensive things that we can have wrong with us and you might be interested to know that the tongue is often to blame.
The tongue is almost a perfect breeding ground for bacteria because it is either moist, which bacteria love or else it is dry because of dehydration which gives us halitosis producing bacteria as well. That is why you should never neglect the tongue whenever it comes to oral hygiene and you should examine it regularly to see if you may have a problem which is causing bad breath.
Many people will buy a tongue scraper in order to get rid of some of the debris and bacteria that is on the tongue. You might be surprised that this particular tool may not work as well as simply brushing your teeth and including your tongue in the cleaning process. Make sure that you brush your teeth first and then your tongue afterward as you would not want to spread any bacteria that got on your toothbrush over your teeth.
You should also make sure that you are rinsing the back of your mouth by gargling salt water on a regular basis. The bacteria that causes halitosis often grows on the back of the tongue which cannot easily be reached by the toothbrush. If you gargle every day, you will help to flush away some of his bacteria as well as keeping this area of your tongue moist. It may seem like a little thing but it is one big step toward reducing your chances of having halitosis.