Always clean your tongue with a toothbrush or tongue scraper/cleaner as hide bacteria. If you do not clean your tongue, you may have the problem of bad breath which is very annoying. Many of us have the habit of using the same brush for long but always keep in mind to change the brush every three months or when you notice the bristles flay or your brush becomes irregular for effective cleaning.
Many of us are not into flossing but it is the same as using tooth-pick, pin or any stick to remove any particle stuck in between our teeth. Just remember that stick, pin or tooth-pick can damage your teeth but floss will help to remove the material easily. As long as you are doing all three i.e. Brushing, tongue cleaning and flossing, it doesn't matter if you clean, brush or floss first.
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You said it right, but using a pea size toothpaste is a waste. I would strongly recommend a chana size tooth paste which will be 1/2 or 1/3 of the pea size which is more economical and practical. Let us not waste toothpaste.
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I remember I read an article written by Vandana on this subject. Earlier there are some threads like, Why should I buy toothpaste, on this subject.
In my childhood days, I used to use an ayurvedic tooth powder and no brush. Clean the teeth with toothpowder with
a finger. We were using plastic tongue cleaners. Today many people are using steel tongue cleaners and that is not good. It will spoil the tongue and may lose its tasting sensation.
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As mentioned by Varghese we were using 'charcoal powder' or Umikkari obtained by burning rice husk. Modern brushing is for the abrasiveness to remove plaque and the use of toothpaste is to give a smooth surface for the brush to move.
Toothbrush is not at all compulsory. As said by other members, Neem stick is enough. It is an antibacterial, anti microbial and antiseptic. The use of 'Umkkari' mixed with a little common salt is sufficient for tooth cleaning. No bristles can function perfectly like our fingers. Toothbrush cannot enter in the narrow corners of our mouth.
So whether one uses tooth brush and paste or any other material for brushing and cleaning teeth, it has to be followed by massaging gums by finger and also cleaning the back hidden areas of mouth y using finger, Using toothbrush harshly can lead to bleeding and slowly creating gaps between teeth. This again contributes to tooth decay.
By default people wash their mouth with water and spit before brushing teeth. This helps wetting and makes paste froth and gives a feeling too.
Tooth decays mostly happen due to the decaying of food materials trapped between the gaps of teeth. This can be avoided by properly washing teeth and mouth thoroughly, with water with powerful pulsating motion and using fingers, after every food intake.
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Consuming water regularly and gargling after each meal is a good habit to maintain oral health.
It is always better to consume less quality of sweets and hard food which needs effort to be chewed.
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Your words - "We were using plastic tongue cleaners. Today many people are using steel tongue cleaners and that is not good. It will spoil the tongue and may lose its tasting sensation."
I do not agree with you. There are harmless and beautifully designed tongue cleaners available in the market. They are long-lasting for many years, even decades. They don't get rust. They don't get eroded. They don't damage our tongue to spoil our taste buds. For the last 8 years, I am using only one steel tongue cleaner.
When I was a child, I used only palm leaves to clean my tongue. There was no tongue cleaner then.
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I use a toothbrush that has a groove behind it. It is used for tongue cleaning according to the brush. But that doesn't work. As you say, it is a bit harsh on my tongue and it hurts to clean with it. I might have to do some dental reforms soon.
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