I’ll tell you right now that you should always brush your tongue. Just as you always brush, floss, and rinse your teeth, you should never forget to clean your tongue. This practice has slipped under the radar and no one really understands why one should even care.


The tongue is covered in pores and crevices that can trap bacteria. These bacteria are the cause of many oral problems, such as bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. If you’ve seen some whitish film on your tongue then that’s most likely a buildup of bacteria. Not so pleasant a thought, is it?


So what can you do to clean your tongue?


Brush/Scrub it

The first thing you can do is to just clean your tongue along with brushing your teeth. You can use either a scrubber or a regular brush. There is no difference in effectiveness, but be careful not to scrub too much with the brush because it’s easier to break the skin that way. However, if you find it hard to keep from gagging when cleaning your tongue, you might try a tongue scraper that you can get at most pharmacies.


If you’re still having trouble with the gag reflex, you can try brushing your tongue by holding the brush perpendicular to the tongue and then relaxing your throat as much as possible. Otherwise, try psyching yourself out. The reflex keeps you from choking on things, so if you distract your brain you may be able to avoid it.



Once you scrub, wash your mouth out with either mouthwash or water. It’s important to scrub first so that you expose the bacteria, so that when you rinse it flushes all the remaining germs out. This provides added protection against cavities and oral diseases.


Add this to your oral care routine and you should have cleaner-smelling breath and an extra healthy mouth. And, it only takes an extra two minutes.  


If you have any more questions, or maybe your bad breath is still around even after all this cleaning, you should contact your local Houston Dentist at A Beautiful Smile at Lake Pointe