How to Clean the Back of Your Tongue
Cleaning your tongue regularly can help you get rid of bad breath, and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. So 5-Minute Crafts will show you how to keep your tongue healthy in the proper way.
❗ If you want to get consistent results, clean your tongue at least twice a day after brushing your teeth — in the morning after breakfast and in the evening.
❗ If you notice any unusual changes in your tongue (like it looks glossy, red, yellow, black, or hairy or develops white, red, or pink patches), you should visit a dentist.
Method 1: Use a toothbrush.
- Spit out any excess saliva and debris that has accumulated on your tongue.
- Clean the toothbrush by placing it under running water.
- Then repeat the cleaning process on either side of the midline of your tongue.
✅ To avoid having your gag reflex kick in, hold the toothbrush perpendicular to your tongue. This way, you can control it better and it won’t slip too far back in your mouth.
✅ You can also try humming to distract yourself.
Method 2: Use a tongue scraper.
- Spit out the excess saliva and debris that have accumulated on your tongue.
- Place the tongue scraper under running water to remove debris from it as well.
- Then repeat the cleaning process 5 times, moving the scraper from the back of your tongue to its tip at different angles.
- After the final scrape, thoroughly rinse the scraper with warm water and store it in a dry place. Rinse your mouth with water as well.
✅ To avoid gagging, find the center groove in your tongue and place the scraper at the part of your tongue where this groove ends. Don’t clean the bumpy mounds of tonsillar tissue that are located further back on your tongue.
⛔ Don’t press the scraper too hard to avoid cutting your tongue.
Method 3: Use mouthwash.
- While you’re swishing the mouthwash, gargle it as well.
- After you’ve finished, spit the mouthwash out into the sink.
⛔ Don’t dilute the solution with water if you don’t want to negate the effect.
⛔ Don’t swallow the mouthwash, as it is not meant to be ingested.
- After you’ve cleaned your tongue, check it out in the mirror. If it looks black and hairy or white, it probably needs some more cleaning. If it’s fleshy pink — job well done!