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Despite its recent exposure in the U.S., tongue cleaning is not a new
practice. Long before we had terms like "plaque" and "halitosis," people in
ancient Egypt, China and India were cleaning their tongues. The idea behind
tongue cleaning is simple: the bulk of {*filter*}bacteria and debris - especially
the associated volatile sulfur compounds that cause bad breath - reside on
the tongue. More specifically, this matter accumulates primarily within the
filliform (mushroom-like structures) and soft plaque on the back of the

Dentists have long encouraged their patients to brush their tongues or use a
mouthwash. However, attempting to brush the hard-to-reach, back of the
tongue usually causes a{*filter*}reflex and does little more than mash the
bacterial debris down into the tongue. Mouthwashes simply cover up the
bacterial debris, usually contain mouth drying {*filter*}s, can become
expensive, and may have long-term safety issues. The Tongue Sweeper and
Tongue Mate instruments have been specifically designed to safely and
effectively lift bacterial debris from the tongue. A few quick sweeps, twice
a day, is all it takes.

There are many. The surface of the tongue is the main breeding ground for
the bacteria and plaque that later attacks teeth and gums. One of today's
major trends in {*filter*}health research is the evaluation of the toxicity of
the gases associated with halitosis. Studies are finding that the volatile
sulfur compounds produced by anaerobic bacteria, most of which are found on
the tongue, readily degrade {*filter*}membranes. Not only are these odors
foul-smelling, but they are highly toxic to gum tissues and may promote
periodontal disease.
The American Dental Association has reported that tongue cleaning inhibits
plaque formation on the teeth by 33%. In addition, the bacteria that is
easily removed from the tongue with a Tongue Sweeper product is the same
bacteria responsible for sore or "strep" throat. So besides eliminating bad
breath, tongue cleaning also contributes to improved {*filter*}hygiene of the
teeth, gums and throat. Most people also report an enhanced sense of taste
after using the Tongue Sweeper or Tongue Mate. Since the plaque coatings on
the tongue dull the taste receptors, this makes perfect sense. You can't
have a clean mouth without a clean tongue!
Furthermore, some of the most encouraging studies on tongue cleaning are the
ones that relate the health of the mouth to the health of one's entire body.
For example, a recent Chicago Tribune article revealed the likelihood that
dental infections can put people at increased risk of heart disease. Dr.
Herzberg, a professor of preventative sciences, presented study results at
the annual meeting of the American Association of the Advancement of
Science. He concluded that bacteria living in dental plaque contributes to
heart disease in two ways. They inflame coronary arteries, which leads to
the narrowing of the {*filter*} pathways, and they can cause clots to form, which
can block arteries and deprive coronary tissue of oxygen. At least half a
dozen epidemiological studies have shown that people with poor {*filter*}health
tend to be at higher risk of heart disease, Dr. Herzberg noted.
Additionally, during the Spring of 2000 the American Heart Association and
the United States Surgeon General released statements affirming the
relationship between one's {*filter*}health and their total body health.

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Whew! That is expensive! I prefer an old plastic knife from Arby's.

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