Remember when you were learning to brush your teeth? Did your mom or dad tell you to brush your tongue as well?
Brushing the tongue is the best way to make sure you have fresh breath (and a healthier mouth) all the time. No one likes smelly breath or a whitish, milk-stained tongue. The practice of scraping the tongue clean has been around since the ancient times of Ayurveda in India.
When you are brushing your teeth- morning and night– be sure to scrub your tongue as well. The best time to do this is after you’ve finished brushing. Rinse your mouth and reapply a little toothpaste to your toothbrush, and scrub away.
The tricky part is to prevent the gag reflex. Here’s where my tip comes in: don’t hold your breath. Keep breathing, through your mouth. Not the nose. If you keep breathing steadily and carefully through your open mouth as your scrub your tongue, you are much less likely to gag.
One more rinse with water, and you’re done and ready to face the world, squeaky-clean and minty-fresh.