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If you’d like to have a pinker, cleaner tongue, tongue cleaners may be the method to go for you. Multiple of our patients have asked us if brushing the tongue with a toothbrush is the same as using a tongue scraper. Here’s a crash course we’ve amassed to support 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 in toothbrushes won’t be able to clean bacterial acids from the surface of your tongue like most tongue cleaners could. Although brushing your tongue with a toothbrush will get rid of some of the gathered bacteria, using a tongue cleaner is a quicker, 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. Since the tips of tongue cleaners are tough, they can do a better job of cleaning out the small cracks on your tongue and removing pouches of bacteria than soft-bristled toothbrushes.

Were you aware some toothbrushes have a tongue scraper on their reverse side? We’d be ecstatic teach you all about the benefits of tongue cleaning on your next appointment to our Humble, Texas, office. Contact us at 281-446-4700 now to set up your next checkup with Dr. David Umansky and the staff at Aesthetic Dentistry Associates.