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If you’d like to have a brighter, pinker, cleaner tongue, tongue cleaners may be the way to go for you. Lots of our patients have asked if brushing your tongue with a toothbrush is the same as using a tongue scraper. Here’s a breakdown we’ve put together to assist you as you try to know the differences between tongue cleaners and toothbrushes.

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

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

Did you know some toothbrushes have a tongue scraper on their back? We’d love to teach you about the effects of tongue cleaning on your next appointment to our Fontana, California, office. Give us a call at 909-829-3994 now to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Neal Vavra and the team at Palm Court Dental.