Your Tongue’s Dirty Little Secret: Bad Breath
While you may know that the bacteria in your mouth is the cause of 90 percent of bad breath, you may not realize the majority of smell-generating bacteria are sitting on the back of your tongue.
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What’s more, the majority of the over 60 million people diagnosed with oral malodor are not aware of the single best method to improve their breath–the simple act of scraping the tongue.
Tongue cleaning has been practiced for centuries and recent literature has shown it leads to a healthy oral environment. Clinical research has created a renewed interest in tongue cleaning, since evidence has shown that infection-causing bacteria-the primary cause of bad breath-increased tenfold after a week of not cleaning the tongue.