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On my recent dental hygeine shopping trip to Tesco, I decided to take things one step further and experiment with these so called tongue cleaners that are currently on the market. It was here that I came across the Wisdom Fresh effects tongue cleaner, a lovely mint green and white cleaner, that looks much the same as a toothbrush apart from the head which is a small oval with nodules all around the outside.
I've never really used wisdom products so had no pre-conceptions about the brand or the tongue cleaner itself so using this product was a completely blind test for me in terms of both the manufacturer and the product itself.
***Why use a tongue cleaner***
The purpose of a tongue cleaner or scraper is to remove any food debris and bacteria from the surface of the tongue and help to eradicate bad breath caused by poor oral hygeine. I'm happy to say that I don't actually suffer from bad breath, but you know what they say, prevention is better than cure, and I'm trying to incorporate things such as flossing and tongue cleaning into my daily routine, so my dentist doesn't scold me on my next visit.
There are a couple of additional benefits to scraping the tongue including enhanced taste, due to the cleaning of the taste buds and also stimulating secretion of digestive enzymes which aid in the digestion of food.
***Wisdom Fresh effects tongue cleaner***
This particular tongue cleaner is from the wisdom fresh effects range which has a built in minty anti bacterial coating which is said to deter the growth of bacteria on the scraper itself. The cleaner is plastic with a rubber head consisting of small rubber nodules designed to clean, stimulate and massage the tongue, effectively removing any debris hanging about on the surface. The rubber handle makes it easy to hold onto and has been ergonomically designed for you fingers to neatly nestle in the finger rests situated at the rear of the handle.
***Using the tongue cleaner***
The tongue cleaner is relatively easy to use, wash the head under warm water first, then simply extend your tongue and place the scraper to the back working your way towards the front, applying gentle pressure as you move along the surface. Repeat this as necessary until the tongue is clear of any surface debris, then brush floss and rinse as normal. As with any toothbrush, the tongue cleaner should be replaced every 3 months.
***How effective is the tongue cleaner***
I don't have a particularly dirty tongue, so I expected the cleaner to work it's magic pretty much immediately. I often find that I get a white coating on my tongue after eating certain foods and normally try to get rid of this by brushing my tongue along with my teeth, but find that this can be quite harsh, as I do have a particularly sensitive tongue for some reason and so thought that the rubber nodules on the head of the cleaner would be more comfortable than a toothbrush. To be honest I found the nodules on the cleaner a little uncomfortable on my tongue and didn't feel like it was being massaged but persevered with it. After 3 or 4 scrapings my tongue didn't look any different and I noticed almost immediately that the minty freshness built into the scraper was rapidly disappearing, needless to say that the scraper itself after 2 days of use had no minty fragrance left whatsoever so I'm not entirely sure this should be put forward as a selling point of this particular scraper.
I have continued to use the scraper as part of my daily routine, but am less than impressed with it's effectiveness. I have seen gradual improvements over the last few weeks using this but I think there are more effective cleaners on the market to choose from, so it's back to the drawing board for me. Using the tongue cleaner hasn't had any impact on the overall condition of my teeth or my breath, but as I said before I don't have bad breath so didn't really expect much of an improvement in this respect.
***My overall opinion***
The wisdom fresh effects tongue cleaner is comfortable to hold and easy to use, but not as effective as I had hoped at cleaning my tongue which is it's ultimate purpose. I find that I have to scrape up to 10 times before my tongue get's it's lovely pink colour. I paid £3 for this cleaner and it just didn't live up to my expectations. The unique in built minty coating all but vanished within 48 hours which was one of the things that attracted me to this particular cleaner in the first place and overall I'm disappointed with the product.
***Do I recommend the product***
I don't recommend this product but I always say that everyone is different and that something that doesn't work for one person may very well work for another, so I can't say that anyone should completely dismiss giving this a go
~Reasons for Buying~
I was in Savers not long ago, I was in there looking for a new toothbrush, and basically I just couldn't believe how cheap things were compared to how much they cost in Boots, which is where I normally buy my dental products from. I had never tried a tongue cleaner before, but when I saw that this one only cost 99p I thought what have I got to lose, so I decided I would give it a try. I have heard about lots of celebrities using tongue scrapers and the like as they apparently give you fresher breath. I don't think I have particularly bad breath but I wouldn't mind using a few products that claim to give you fresher breath just to give myself a bit of extra confidence.
The tongue cleaner is green and white. It is packaged in plastic and cardboard and the instructions for use are on the back of this packaging. It says wisdom on the bottom of the handle. I don't think the packaging is anything amazing but equally I don't think there is anything wrong with it. I think the colours are very suitable for an oral hygiene product.
~Directions For Use~
First you must rinse the tongue cleaner thoroughly under warm water. Place the tongue cleaner at the back of an extended tongue with nodules facing down. Press gently and draw the tongue cleaner from the back of the tongue to the tip. Rinse the tongue cleaner and repeat as necessary until the tongue is clean. Brush teeth as normal.
~Does it work?~
I thought that although the tongue cleaner did remove most of the horrible green stuff you get on your tongue, there was still a bit of it left in the middle that I had to get off with a toothbrush when I cleaned my teeth. And I also had to use this about ten times before most of the green stuff was gone. The reason I still had some on the middle of my tongue is, I think, because when I extend my tongue there is a small dip in the middle and the tongue cleaner is flat so would have slid over it. I think this does work but as its the first one I have used I would be interested to try another one to see if it was any better - I think there is a bit of room for improvement with this one.
Overall I would recommend this as I think it did leave my mouth fresher than it felt before I used this. I think it is a great product for giving you fresher breath and a cleaner mouth. I recommend it because it worked - but like I said I do think theres room for improvement so next time I go shopping I'll choose a similar product but from another brand.
The last thing I have to say is a tip I have found is to put toothpaste on the tongue before using this as it makes it even fresher.