Do you clean your tongue
The tongue is vital for chewing and swallowing food,
as well as for speech.
The large surface area and papillae of the tongue that promote
tongue coating by retaining microorganisms and oral debris consisting of food, saliva
and dead epithelial cells.
Tongue cleaning is done less often than tooth brushing, flossing,
and using mouthwash.
Tool used for tongue cleaning is called a tongue cleaner
(also called a tongue scraper or tongue brush). They are made from plastic, copper and
sulfur compounds that cause bad breath. (Although scraping can help banish bad
breath, consistency is the key.)
bacteria on the tongue.
- Contributes to a fresher-feeling mouth.
- Reduces plaque. Prevents dental caries and periodontal disease
- Improve your sense of taste.
- Improve the appearance of your tongue. .
- Improves overall health.
How to perform a
- Stand in
front of a mirror, open your mouth, and stick out your tongue.
- Gently set
the rounded end of the tongue scraper at the back of your tongue.
- If you’re
worried about gagging, you may find it helpful to start at the middle of
your tongue. You can gradually start from farther back as you get used to
- Gently touch
the scraper to your tongue. Slowly pull it forward, toward the tip of your
tongue. You should never push the scraper from the tip of your tongue
back. Always go from the back of the tongue to the tip.
- After each
scrape, use a washcloth or tissue to remove debris from the scraper.
- Repeat until
you’ve scraped the entire surface of your tongue. One to two scrapes
across the same area is usually enough.
- Wash the
tongue scraper with warm water and soap, dry, and store in a clean, dry
The entire process usually takes less than two
minutes. At a minimum, scrape your tongue when you brush your teeth. Repeat as
needed throughout the day.
Things to remember:
- Improper use of a tongue cleaner may induce the gag reflex and/or vomiting.
- Overuse of a tongue cleaner may also cause damage to the taste buds.
- It’s also possible to accidentally cut
the surface of your tongue with the scraper. You should be mindful of how much
pressure you’re applying.
Whether you use a tongue scraper, toothbrush, or
oral mouth rinse, tongue cleaning is a good addition to your daily oral health
practices. If you notice any unusual changes to your tongue, don’t hesitate to
talk to a doctor or a dentist.
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