Is your tongue clean?

Updated: Apr 11, 2019


How to Clean Your Tongue


The top of the tongue continually forms a coating that is made up of dead cells, tiny food particles and thousands of living and dead bacteria. If this coating is not removed, it can become a source of odor.


Cleaning your tongue every day is as important as brushing your teeth. We promote and recommend a metal tongue scraper.



Here are some helpful instructions that you can reference to clean your tongue



1. First check the very back of your tongue and find a V-shaped row of red bumps. These are very important taste buds and must not be damaged.


2. Place your tongue cleaner in the middle of your tongue, in front of these taste buds and move the scraper forward gently, removing a layer of debris.


3.Wipe or rinse the debris off the tongue cleaner.


4. Place your tongue cleaner to the right and overlapping some of the middle section and pull forward to the tip of the tongue.


5. Wipe or rinse the tongue cleaner.


6. Next place your tongue cleaner to the left and overlapping some of the middle section and pull forward to the tip of the tongue.


7. Wipe or rinse the tongue cleaner.


Go over the middle one more time if there is a lot of coating. This is sufficient to clean the surface of your tongue. Follow with brushing and cleaning in between your teeth. Rinse when you are finished with water or mouthwash.


Your mouth should feel clean and fresh once you are finished cleaning your tongue!


Clean your tongue twice a day, morning and evening.


If you want more advice on your oral home care routine don't hesitate to click over to our online booking and schedule an oral hygiene education session with one of our Dental Hygienists.







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