I'm trying to reduce my exposure to chemicals and I've stopped using any kind of dental rinses. Have you read the ingredients listed on the bottle of any and all mouth washes? I can't even pronounce most of those ingredients.
I recently bought a stainless steel tongue scraper and I find it much more effective than mouthwash at reducing bad breath. Has anyone else here experienced the same benefit using a tongue cleaner or tongue scraper?
Ah stainless! I have always used plastic ones. Guess I should upgrade. I still use rinses but I think the tongue scraping is a very good thing. Disgusting but very good.
I used to use a tongue scraper, but when I stopped using toothpaste my tongue went to pink and stayed that way. I may be an unusual case, because I'd also noticed hives around my mouth after using various brands of toothpaste.
I dry-brush my gums and teeth every day and don't use a rinse. I do occasionally use a cinnamon-flavored tooth powder but I don't do that on a daily basis. Please note: I was taught how to dry-brush by a periodontist many years ago and you shouldn't do it unless you are using gentle, proper technique.
The tissues in our mouths are very delicate and sensitive. If we're eating a wholesome diet and gently cleaning our gums and teeth we don't need much more than that. I always get praised by the dental techs for the condition of my mouth, yet I don't use toothpaste and I floss only to dislodge trapped food--I don't use floss at the gum line.
I agree with you about mouthwashes, some pretty crazy stuff in most of them. I started making my own mouthwash as I do like a nice rinse after brushing. In a 12oz glass bottle I mix 3/4 Tbsp baking soda, 1 oz hydrogen peroxide, 1 oz vodka, 1 tsp peppermint extract, and then fill with water. Only takes a couple of minutes to make and is a nice, refreshing way to start the day.
To your actual question, I do also use a tongue scraper occasionally. I generally use it after a cigar as it is the only way the taste doesnt stay with me for a few days.