In Eastern countries he has been known for centuries. For us in the West, this is hardly ever the case. While the tongue cleaner is an essential part of our oral hygiene. It is for this reason that Phoenix has deliberately included the tongue cleaner as an ‘outsider’ in its range: because it is still so difficult to get to grips with! Our tongue surface contains deep pores and taste buds, with a very large surface area in total. In these pores there are a lot of bacteria and fine remnants of what we eat and drink. Research shows that per epithelial cell in our tongue an average of 100 bacteria can be present. In general, therefore, we can speak of a very concentrated amount of bacteria. The tongue constantly forms a layer of dead cells, food waste and hundreds of thousands of bacteria, both living and dead, as well as chemical substances such as sulphur emitted by these bacteria. If this layer is not removed regularly, a thick layer will remain on the tongue, which is one of the main causes of the sniffing. In addition, the taste buds also become covered and function less well. Moreover, it appears that when we eat or drink certain highly fragrant products, it also contributes negatively to the mouth’s fragrance. Finally, many people often sleep with their mouth open, so when getting up the tongue has a dirty taste and is dry. The daily use of a tongue scraper, together with good use of the toothbrush, is very effective for oral hygiene. It is very easy. Carefully scrape – not too hard – after brushing over the entire surface of the tongue. Make sure you do not get too far in the back, because that part of the tongue where there are many large taste buds should not be scraped. You can see that you are scrapping a large amount of waste material from the tongue. Always rinse under the tap and repeat the process until no more dirt comes off the tongue. It is recommended to do this in the morning and evening; some people who have a dry mouth or a bad taste in their mouth during the day can do it more often during the day. It turns out that in case of much excessive stress, the tongue releases more waste, as a result of which tongue scraping is more often recommended per day. The tongue scraper we offer is made of copper, lasts a very long time and is easy to use. Grasp the ends of the cleaner firmly with both hands and pull the pre-bent cleaner with the middle part over the tongue. Rinse again and again under the running tap. Usually, three scrapes are sufficient. Don’t go on endlessly! Rinse mouth thoroughly, if necessary with a natural-based mouthwash. Some people think that cleaning the tongue with the toothbrush is enough. Take the test yourself: do this first, and then see how much extra is added when using the tongue cleaner.
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