With talents such as backwards walking up stairs, tongue swallowing, and nose-flute playing, this kid has a great future in the Jackass franchise. Hey parents: Maybe letting your kid watch television once in a while is better than leaving him up to his own devices. Just sayin'. . .
This new Tongue Detox Device from Tepe ($9.18) is all the rage in Europe and l've finally been able to find an online retailer that will ship it to America. When I first read about it, it reminded me a lot of the Breath Rx anti-bacterial tongue spray and tongue scraper, and as I researched it more and more, I came upon a dozen or so tongue devices created to kill bacteria and scrape away the white scummy film that causes bacteria build-up and bad breath.
Who knew this was such a diverse market? Apparently, tongue cleaning devices have been around for centuries. They help control plaque, bad breath and unwanted bacteria that can cause tooth decay and mouth and throat infections.
Tongue Detox stands apart from the crowd for several reasons. Not only is it double-sided, dishwasher safe and coated with mint to help with fresh breath, but it also comes in four bright colors, it is made from recyclable plastic, and has a slim design to help avoid the dreaded gag reflex.
Sounds to me like they've thought of everything. Are you even aware of the smell of your breath? To find out if Tongue Detox is something you should consider, lick the back of your hand, wait a few seconds and then smell your hand. If you sense any kind of an unpleasant odor, chances are you have bad breath.
Aside from a career in adult films or as a circus side show act, I'm not really sure where this woman's undulating tongue talent could take her. Oh, wait. There's the internet. Duh. How could I forget?
Twice a day we brush, floss and use mouthwash so our mouths feel minty fresh and clean.
Brushing and flossing our teeth gets rid of all the extra food and sugar and junk that gets left in our mouths after eating. Leaving it in our mouths would cause cavities, which we know we don't want - that's why we brush in the first place.
But what about our tongues? Don't forget to brush that too. If you find that brushing it doesn't quite get the job done, try using a tongue scraper.
Just hold on to the two ends with your hands. Place the curved metal part as far back as you can (you don't want to make yourself gag), and gently press the metal into your tongue as you slide it forward towards the tip.
You'll be amazed at what you find scrapes off. Rinse your tongue and the scraper too. Repeat a couple more times if you feel the need.
If you didn't get one from Santa, fear not since tongue scrapers are not only easy to use, but cheap too - $6 or less. They come in all shapes and colors. Want to see the variety? Then read more
Have you ever noticed a really sensitive part on your tongue, and when you look in the mirror, there's a little bump?
I call them "enlarged taste buds." I've also heard them called "tongue zits," "lie bumps," "tongue blisters," and "inflamed taste buds."
They are extremely common, and they can happen when there is trauma to your little tongue. Eating spicy, acidic, hot, or hard foods can cause local inflammation. Allergies and biting your tongue can also irritate your taste buds.
The inflammation looks like a tiny white or red bump. It's different than a canker sore, because those are usually found on the inside walls of your mouth, and the sores are generally bigger, more irritated, and open.
If your tongue isn't back to normal in 7-10 days, you should definitely go see your doctor to get it checked out.