Cleaning Tongues with Tongue Scrapers, Not Toothbrushes

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If you’d like to have a pinker tongue, tongue cleaners may be the way to go for you. Multiple of our patients have asked us if brushing their tongue with the toothbrush is just as good as using a tongue scraper. Here’s a breakdown we’ve amassed to aid you as you try to understand the differences between tongue cleaners and toothbrushes.

While toothbrushes can make your tongue cleaner, they are not as effective as tongue cleaners. The soft bristles utilized by toothbrushes won’t be able to clean bacteria from your tongue like tongue cleaners could. Although brushing your tongue with a toothbrush will eliminate some of the amassed bacterial acids, using a tongue cleaner is a faster, more effective method of cleaning your tongue.

One study on the effects of tongue cleaners versus toothbrushes found tongue scrapers to be 50% more powerful than toothbrushes for cleaning tongues. Because the tips of tongue cleaners are strong, they can do a better job of cleaning out the little cracks on your tongue and removing pouches of bacteria than soft-bristled toothbrushes.

Have you heard some toothbrushes have a tongue scraper on their back? We’d be ecstatic teach you all about the effects of tongue cleaning on your next checkup to our Olympia, Washington, office. Reach out at 360-943-5551 now to pencil in your next checkup with Dr. A. Agustin Vega and the team at A. Agustin Vega.