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If you’d like to have a pinker, cleaner tongue, tongue cleaners might be the way to go for you. Many of our patients have asked us if brushing your tongue with the toothbrush is as effective as using a tongue scraper. Here’s a breakdown we’ve amassed to assist 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 effective as tongue cleaners. The soft bristles used in most toothbrushes won’t be able to clean 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 amassed 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 tiny cracks on your tongue and eliminating sacks of bacteria than soft-bristled toothbrushes.

Did you know some toothbrushes have a tongue scraper on their backside? We’d be ecstatic to teach you all about the benefits of tongue cleaning on your next appointment to our San Jose, California, office. Phone us at 408-243-5044 now to set up your next visit with Dr. Kenneth Browning Prince and the team at Prince Dental Care.