You know that layer of nasty white stuff covering the surface of your tongue? The one that smells? The one that you can’t seem to get rid of? That white layer is plaque on your tongue.
What is Plaque on the Tongue?
Plaque on the tongue is a layer of bacteria and food residue build up on your tongue. It is the same sort of plaque that sticks to your teeth and causes cavities, and if it’s on your tongue, you need to get rid of it. Not only can plaque on the tongue cause infections like candidas or oral thrush, it also causes horrible bad breath.
In fact, tongue plaque bacteria accounts for 80% of bad breath with over 500 types of bacteria living on your tongue. Talk about nasty!
And if plaque on the tongue is left to its own devices, it won’t go away on its own. It will only get worse.
How Do You Fight Plaque on the Tongue?
The battle with plaque on the tongue is one that must be fought every day if you want to be rid of that monster white layer. Here are your weapon choices: mouth wash, tongue scraper, and tongue brush.
Mouth wash is supposed to kill bacteria and germs on your mouth. As great as that is for reaching between your teeth and cleansing the insides of your cheeks, it will do nothing to kill plaque on the tongue. Some studies have even shown an increase of plaque on the tongue when mouth wash is used excessively.
Tongue scrapers, though handy, only scrape the surface of the tongue. They pull some plaque from your tongue, but they don’t get anything in between your taste buds–not to mention you have to scrape so hard your tongue hurts.
The most effective tool in the fight against plaque on the tongue is the tongue brush, specifically the Orabrush. The Orabrush has microfiber bristles (soft, but sturdy) that scrub between your taste buds removing the layer of tongue plaque, bacteria, and food residue on your tongue. It doesn’t hurt; it doesn’t cause more bacteria growth. It just takes away the bad stuff so your tongue can regain its rightful pink color, while killing bad breath at the same time. Good choice.