UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 713-322-8442 | MIDTOWN: 281-783-3227
UPTOWN/GALLERIA: 713-322-8442
MIDTOWN: 281-783-3227

OHI: Tongue Cleaning

A tongue is the first part that has the highest level of bacteria in the mouth. However, few people take enough time in cleaning it. When the tongue is not cleaned in the proper way, there are many side effects which will result from this. To reduce tooth decay, bad breath and the unsightly tongue, it is important to clean the tongue in proper manner.

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The tongue

The tongue has many parts and these parts are not smooth. All these crevices and bumps can harbor the bacteria. At least half of the bacteria in the mouth are found on the tongue. They can make a film at the tongue which will lead to many health problems.  The tongue has to be pink and if there is any discoloration, they should be noted and dealt with.  It is recommended to see a dental health professional if

  • There is a concern that there are changes that are taking place on the tongue
  • Tongue coating stays on for over two weeks
  • If there is a tongue pain that lasts for long
  • If there is desquamation or white area at the surface of a tongue

Why cleaning the tongue is important

Cleaning the tooth offers more than just fighting away the bad breath. It helps to break away the tissue at the tongue and this avoids having a hairy tongue. It also removes the bacteria which may contribute on the tooth decay. Poor oral hygiene had been linked to different health problems.

Dental checkup


By cleaning the tongue, it will:

  • Control the unwanted bacteria which may contribute towards the tooth decay
  • It fights off the bad breath
  • It improves with the taste sense
  • It gives better aesthetics while laughing or smiling


Decide on which tool to use

There are many tools that can be used to clean the tongue. The scrapers are known to be most common. The tongue brush is just recent but there are tongue cleaners that have been at the market for long.

  • The researches had shown that tongue brushing and tongue scraping lead to the same results when it comes to reduce the plaque
  • There are some brushes with scraper which allows  both scarping and brushing

Know the material: there are different materials which are used as cleaning devices such as silicon, plastic and metal. Someone may prefer using one material over the other one

  • The stainless steel or copper may be used in scrappers. The scrapers can be put in the hot water to offer sterilization
  • Plastic scrapers are not that expensive but they do not last long. They require to be replaced regularly
  • Silicon edges can help in scraping the tongue in a comfortable way.

Anyone who wishes to improve with the quality of oral health, he should learn about scarping or brushing the tongue. In some case, like with the people who have bad breath, this is the only remedy needed.

Through scarping and scrubbing of the surface of the tongue, the bacteria that cause odor will not be available anymore. The tip of the tongue is self cleansing and there are not that much bacteria on it. The tongue is involved into many functions like speaking and swallowing. The friction done will lead to cleansing action and it prevents the buildup of debris and bacteria.

The back of a tongue does touch at the soft palate alone and the contact which happens is gentle. The tongue movement will not create enough movement that can clean the posterior area of the tongue which means that there will be build up of the bacteria which may cause bad breath. This is the reason why this area has to be cleaned regularly to deal with the bad breath.

Mouth checkup


Cleaning of the tongue

When it comes to cleaning the tongue, there are two options, it can be scraped or brushed. Regardless which method used the end result is still the same.

Cleaning where the coating takes place:

More effort should be used to clean the end portion of the tongue. This is because it is the place where more film that leads to bad breath takes place. There is no need to reach too far because what it is needed is cleaning top surface of a tongue. The tonsillar tissue found nearby should not be scraped or brushed.

  • It is important to be gentle while cleaning since cleaning roughly can cause bleeding and irritation. Doing this has to be avoided.
  • While cleaning the tongue, it is important to work more on the center region of a tongue and not at the edges since it is easy to make an injury in such area
  • For someone who does not have problems with odor, then it is good to clean the tongue at least once every day.
  • If there is a need to deal with odor, cleaning the tongue twice is recommended.


Tongue brushing instruction

To start with tongue brushing, there is no need to get a special tool to do it; a regular toothbrush can do the job.

  • The first step is to moisten the brush using tap water in order to soften up the bristles
  • Sticking of the tongue out to see if there is any film that had been formed and to see where to clean
  • Cleaning start at the back towards the front and using of the brush strokes on the tongue which break up the debris for scrub
  • It is important to use pressure but it should not be enough in irritating the tongue
  • Sticking the tongue out and to evaluate the results and then the person to continue brushing when needed
  • Rinsing of the mouth after cleaning the tongue.


Tongue scrapping instruction

To scrap the tongue, it requires the use of two items, the cleaner and the scraper

  • A scraper is inverted spoon but there are others that have been specially designed. The benefits of using a scrapper are that it gets rid of the gunk easily and a person is less likely to gag.
  • A cleaner is found between a brush and a scrapper. The cleaner has nubs and rubber bristles which help to reach into the furrows and grooves of the tongue. It features a blade part which cleans the surface of the tongue.
Hilary Rochelle
Hilary Rochelle
20:52 08 May 19
I’m so impressed with Urban Dental. Went having sever pain. New patient! The staff and dentist were amazing . So warm and caring. I will continue coming here for all dental needs. Completely satisfied in every way .
Ryan Zhen
Ryan Zhen
22:28 07 May 19
Just a few days after a visit with Dr. Bridget and I already feel the positive effects on my dental hygiene. She gave helpful and practical tips to brushing and flossing to make my routine more enjoyable. Everyone at URBN Dental Uptown was attentive and courteous to my needs from handling the insurance/financials to ensuring a pain/mess-free cleaning and filling. Looking forward to returning with improved dental health!
Lemond Deleo
Lemond Deleo
20:08 29 Apr 19
The staff here is extremely friendly and professional. From the very beginning, the staff greeted me with kindness and respect. My paperwork was filled out within 15 minutes and afterwards, the dentist called me back almost immediately. So the wait time for my first appointment was basically non-existent. I’m not sure if it’s normally like this or if it’s just a coincidence. Regardless, it was very nice to see the staff and dentists in perfect sync with servicing the customers as quickly and efficiently as possible. My first appointment here was primarily because I had a painful sensation on the bottom right of my tooth. It turned out to be a cavity as I expected. The dentist explained the procedure for a filling and I agreed to go through with it on my next appointment. Thank you for an honest experience that resulted in me learning what the problem with my tooth was.
Jennifer Bell
Jennifer Bell
19:59 29 Apr 19
Very satisfied with my recent experience at this dentist. As a first time customer, I walked in with low expectations, since I find this mentality to be effective for softening the blow if it turns out to be a disappointing service. Well, it turned out to be above average service from the staff at the front desk and the dentists themselves. They are all very professional and the dentists working here are patient when it comes to answering questions. I felt fully fulfilled after leaving the dental office. I’ll definireky be back.
Julia Bleck
Julia Bleck
14:21 05 Apr 19
I've never been to a more thorough and comprehensive dental appointment as the one at URBN Dental! They went over all of the photos and x-rays with me in detail to help explain all of the issues I had, and it's the first time I fully feel like I understand why I need to floss more consistently. They taught me how to properly floss and brush, and I even got a new electric toothbrush with my appointment. Would definitely recommend.
Rachel Richardson
Rachel Richardson
17:30 26 Mar 19
I was immediately greeted by friendly faces when i came in! Online scheduling and patient paperwork made it so easy to get an appointment with no waiting to go back to the room. Every person of staff from front desk, hygienist to dentist introduced themselves to me and took the time to explain everything they were doing. I’ve never had a dentist actually sit down and explain the biology behind flossing, bone health, nerve health etc. it was great to feel like I was being taken care of by true professionals. They were also very explanatory of exactly what my insurance covered and the cost breakout of all of my services. I would recommend this office to any of my friends and family.
Margarita Muro
Margarita Muro
01:28 21 Feb 19
The URBN Dental office is very beautiful! It is modern with natural wood and emerald green elements. I went in for my regular cleaning and exam after looking up 5+ dental offices in the area. I recently moved to uptown and am extremely happy to have found URBN Dental. The Hygienist, Angela, did not only give my advice in regards to my dental hygiene techniques, she educated me which made me more eager to go home and carry out my new routine. Dr. Bridget was very kind, answered all my questions, and gave me a great referral for my wisdom teeth extractions. I will be returning for all of my preventative and general dental needs!
Trisha Hinojosa
Trisha Hinojosa
18:30 07 Oct 18
Very friendly staff who put up with my inane sense of humor. The entire team team spoke with me 1:1, including: Dental assistants, hygienist, dentist, and insurance admin (explained everything to me in detail including how my insurance works). They explained my x-rays to me, the effects of flossing correctly / incorrectly. I feel like they gave me the education I didn't get as a child on how to care for my mouth, and why it's important. I was doing good stuff for my oral health-- just not correctly or with a positive attitude. GREAT aftercare package.
Ji H Oh
Ji H Oh
15:19 22 Sep 18
I am usually scared of going to the dentist for my annual cleaning but I was completely blown away by the amazing customer service from the staff. Julia was extremely helpful and explained my dental coverage and out of pocket costs. Angela did an exceptional job explaining to me about the importance of dental hygiene and actually taught me how to floss properly. The office was extremely clean and upscale. Dr. Bridget was very sweet and great bedside manners. She explained everything about the treatment plan in a very thorough and concise manner. I was extremely impressed by everyone on the office and I cant wait to come back for my next appointment.
Joshua Parra
Joshua Parra
02:17 14 Sep 18
From start to finish great experience. Impeccably clean office, high tech tools, & friendly staff. Went to get my top teeth contoured/shaped. They did a Hollywood star job! I now, have a flawless smile. I even went back the next day for a touch-up on one tooth & they took care of it, graciously. If you want quality cosmetic dentistry inside the loop; look no further. These folks are the best in class.
Death Morgulis
Death Morgulis
16:23 12 Sep 18
Great place for all your dental needs. Very inviting and friendly staff. They are very knowledgeable and passionate about the work they do. I've been looking for a good dentist for awhile while neglecting my oral health, but now I think I've found my place. 10/10 would come back for a follow-up appointment.
Bianca Anderson
Bianca Anderson
17:05 05 Sep 18
Very friendly staff. The hygienist's were so knowledgeable and really took the time to teach you about your teeth, they gave my husband and I "homework" to improve our oral health. Love it! Angela was great, great sense of humor (made me laugh a lot) and very professional. Awesome job Nicole, very friendly and took the time to answer all the questions we had (love she was recommending eateries for hubby to take me :). Julia was great at the front counter very lively and knowledgeable as well. They all really took the time and customized everything for us. Able to get free electric toothbrushes but didn't have any in stock.
Michelle Campbell
Michelle Campbell
19:53 20 Jun 18
Excellent service. Great first impression! Best cleaning I've had in several years, my mouth feels amazing. They even took the time to show me how to brush more effectively. My teeth are back to being pearly white. They were very knowledgeable in regards to my insurance and I've had no issues. The service there is impeccable!
Allie Hackett
Allie Hackett
18:47 19 Jun 18
I am not the biggest fan of the dentist, however this was the BEST dentist experience I have ever had! Everyone was so kind and I got everything I needed done in one visit! They provided super helpful insight about what was going on with my teeth and took care of everything I needed quickly. I will absolutely be returning! 🙂
Andrea Andrea
Andrea Andrea
17:15 20 May 18
Love the location, the dentist AND the staff. Everyone there is awesome. It's rare that I leave a dentist office feeling just as good as when I arrive. I was sad I didn't get to see Snickers, but all in all I had a great experience my first time here. Glad to finally have a new "home" dentist since moving to Texas.
Andrew Nguyen
Andrew Nguyen
14:17 10 May 18
Beautiful location and office. Very friendly and welcoming staff! I had a great time conversing with them about movies and music. Dr. Nguyen and his staff were very knowledgeable and stressed the importance of making sure the patient knew what their game plan was. The office is very high tech as well so it was super cool to know that I was getting the latest tech being use on me.
Nonna Beetge
Nonna Beetge
14:21 24 Apr 18
The staff is wonderful, very friendly and informative. I love how they not only take X-rays, but also photos of all your teeth and put them on the big screen. They spent as much time as I needed to go over each area and explain specifics of each tooth. I definitely have a greater understanding of what is going on in there and what I need to do. I also love their space, it has a calming vibe with all kinds of artwork on display. You almost feel like you’re not at the dentist! Thank you all so much, I look forward to seeing you all again! (Said no one to their dentist 😉 )
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