How to Brush your Tongue
- Put a small amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush.
- Start at the back of your tongue and brush your way forward.
- Use gentle but firm pressure in back-and-forth motions, just like brushing your teeth.
After cleaning your tongue, whether with a toothbrush or scraper, use a mouth rinse. Then, rinse the scraper or toothbrush with water. How do you check your tongue cleaning technique? You'll know when you're done cleaning your tongue because all that discolored debris disappears, leaving your tongue clean, pink, and refreshed.
How Often Should I Clean My Tongue?
Bacteria grow fast. The best way to reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth is to clean your tongue twice daily after brushing your teeth. Removing that debris from your tongue before bedtime can also help reduce bad morning breath and get rid of it when you wake up.
Making a habit of cleaning your entire mouth, including your tongue, will keep your breath fresh and keep your mouth healthy. It helps avoid bad breath and makes for a great oral health experience.