There are a lot of things you can do to reduce the chances of plaque, gum disease and tooth decay getting a hold on your mouth. There are great toothbrushes, pastes, flosses, mini-brushes and mouth-washes to help you do the job of keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as you can. And if everyone in the city of London were honest, that would be it at the end of the day- teeth and gums, but as our understanding of our mouths gets better, there is another factor that comes into play here- your tongue. Your tongue can hold so much more bacteria than that which gathers around the teeth and gums and if this is not cleaned daily, you might as well not bother brushing your teeth either. The bacteria and acids on the tongue will get to work on your teeth as soon as you have brushed, so they need to be removed. The brush is good for this operation but most tooth brushes come with a scraper on the back of the brush so that you can peel away any film, it is also possible to buy special scrapers to do the job as well. Rinsing with a good mouthwash is also important once the tongue has been scraped so that it disinfects any soreness that the tongue may have after cleaning. If the tongue is pink, it’s healthy and this is what you are aiming to achieve.