Can you use your toothbrush to scratch your tongue?

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Some people use their toothbrush to scratch their tongue: it's not a good idea. The surface of the tongue is such that bacteria find many cavities to develop. The soft bristles of a toothbrush are not always able to reach every corner of the tongue's surface and the bacteria stay there.

This study did tests to find out if the tongue scraper was actually more effective than the toothbrush.

The result is clear: Yes, there is a clear interest in using a tongue scraper instead of its toothbrush to remove volatile sulfur compounds (CSV, which cause bad breath). In a few days, the CSVs were reduced by 75% with a tongue-lash against 45% with a toothbrush. In summary :
  •     Cleaning your tongue helps prevent bad breath
  •     For this, a tongue scraper is more effective than a toothbrush

In addition, bad breath comes mainly from the back of the tongue, the bottom of the mouth: this area difficult to reach with a toothbrush, especially because of the natural curvature of the tongue.

To scratch one's tongue with a toothbrush is surely better than not scratching one's tongue at all and neglecting an entire pan of one's oral hygiene. But if you want to get the best results possible the use of a tongue-lick is a must.

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