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If you’d like to have a brighter, pinker tongue, tongue cleaners are perhaps the method to go for you. Multiple of our patients have asked if brushing the tongue with a toothbrush is as effective as using a tongue scraper. Here’s a breakdown we’ve assembled to support you as you try to recognize the differences between tongue cleaners and toothbrushes when it comes to cleaning tongues.

While toothbrushes can make your tongue cleaner, they are not as powerful as tongue cleaners. The soft bristles used by toothbrushes won’t be able to clean bacterial acids from the surface of your tongue like most tongue cleaners do. Although brushing your tongue with a toothbrush will get rid of some of the collected acids, using a tongue cleaner is a faster, more effective way of cleaning your tongue.

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

Were you aware some toothbrushes have a tongue scraper on their back? We’d be ecstatic teach you all about the benefits of tongue cleaning on your next visit to our Houston, Texas, office. Give us a call at 281-493-1550 now to pencil in your next visit with Dr. Dwight Price and the staff at Price Dental Associates.