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Does anyone here use a tongue scraper/tongue cleaner?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 29, 2012 at 3:36 PM

I'm trying to reduce my exposure to chemicals and I've stopped using any kind of dental rinses. Have you read the ingredients listed on the bottle of any and all mouth washes? I can't even pronounce most of those ingredients.

I recently bought a stainless steel tongue scraper and I find it much more effective than mouthwash at reducing bad breath. Has anyone else here experienced the same benefit using a tongue cleaner or tongue scraper?

http://tonguescraper.org/

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on February 10, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Oh it's just so disgusting to see what comes off of that thing. Ewwww. Nasty. But yes it's better to see it going down the drain than to think of it still in my mouth. Yuck. (and appreciate the check mark, lol.)

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 31, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Thanks E, you and big J should buy a couple of them. They work really well.

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on January 31, 2012
at 02:12 PM

+1 for "dead bodies" HAAAAAAAAA!!!!

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 30, 2012
at 02:39 PM

No thanks--I have too much of a gag reflex, haha!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 30, 2012
at 02:15 PM

I was brushing my tongue also. The tongue scraper reaches further back than a tooth brush because of it's lower profile and does a better job of cleaning. I wish I had bought one sooner. If you bought one I'm sure you would like it how much better it cleans.

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on January 30, 2012
at 10:39 AM

I would rather not have green teeth :)

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on January 30, 2012
at 06:23 AM

http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/history/biographies/price.htm "His first discovery was that the further away from civilization, the fewer cavities he found. He had to look in three or four mouths to find a single cavity. Yes, he found some very green teeth, almost moss covered (as it were), but beneath this coat was a fine, strong tooth, planted firmly in a strong, full jaw." I'm a frickin' rock star when I travel to the Swiss Alps. Villagers run up to me and ask to stroke my teeth. It's awesome!

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:50 PM

That's disgusting

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 29, 2012
at 06:55 PM

+1 Wow, your whole life. That's great, I'd love to see a toddler scrape their own tongue. ;-)

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 29, 2012
at 05:15 PM

But Shari, isn't more disgusting to use a rinse and leave all the "dead bodies" in your mouth? Scraping seems like a better alternative because you are removing all that disgusting stuff physically.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on January 29, 2012
at 03:59 PM

Ah stainless! I have always used plastic ones. Guess I should upgrade. I still use rinses but I think the tongue scraping is a very good thing. Disgusting but very good.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 29, 2012
at 05:15 PM

But Shari, isn't more disgusting to use a rinse and leave all the "dead bodies" in your mouth? Scraping seems like a better alternative because you are removing all that disgusting stuff physically.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 31, 2012
at 02:44 PM

Thanks E, you and big J should buy a couple of them. They work really well.

F2eb9c945a9afb8dfe06e6ea99fcb34b

(213)

on January 31, 2012
at 02:12 PM

+1 for "dead bodies" HAAAAAAAAA!!!!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on February 10, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Oh it's just so disgusting to see what comes off of that thing. Ewwww. Nasty. But yes it's better to see it going down the drain than to think of it still in my mouth. Yuck. (and appreciate the check mark, lol.)

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on January 29, 2012
at 05:13 PM

I use my toothbrush to gently brush the back of my tongue after brushing my teeth.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 30, 2012
at 02:15 PM

I was brushing my tongue also. The tongue scraper reaches further back than a tooth brush because of it's lower profile and does a better job of cleaning. I wish I had bought one sooner. If you bought one I'm sure you would like it how much better it cleans.

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32564)

on January 30, 2012
at 02:39 PM

No thanks--I have too much of a gag reflex, haha!

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:06 PM

If you can't tolerate brushing your tongue. (which is easier in one direction, like combing your hair). You can always use a spoon, since you probably already have one.

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on January 29, 2012
at 08:24 PM

I don't scrape my tongue but I brush it after I swish will coconut oil for as long as I can stand it.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on January 29, 2012
at 04:22 PM

I used to use a tongue scraper, but when I stopped using toothpaste my tongue went to pink and stayed that way. I may be an unusual case, because I'd also noticed hives around my mouth after using various brands of toothpaste.

I dry-brush my gums and teeth every day and don't use a rinse. I do occasionally use a cinnamon-flavored tooth powder but I don't do that on a daily basis. Please note: I was taught how to dry-brush by a periodontist many years ago and you shouldn't do it unless you are using gentle, proper technique.

The tissues in our mouths are very delicate and sensitive. If we're eating a wholesome diet and gently cleaning our gums and teeth we don't need much more than that. I always get praised by the dental techs for the condition of my mouth, yet I don't use toothpaste and I floss only to dislodge trapped food--I don't use floss at the gum line.

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on January 29, 2012
at 03:42 PM

i dont use mouth wash, i scape my toung every day . i have done this all my life.

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on January 29, 2012
at 06:55 PM

+1 Wow, your whole life. That's great, I'd love to see a toddler scrape their own tongue. ;-)

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Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on January 29, 2012
at 05:28 PM

I'm so Paleo that I don't even brush my teeth.

C7fa1bf712d466cf7e9f2a404d5f0e34

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on January 29, 2012
at 10:50 PM

That's disgusting

0bc6cbb653cdc5e82400f6da920f11eb

(19245)

on January 30, 2012
at 10:39 AM

I would rather not have green teeth :)

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

(804)

on January 30, 2012
at 06:23 AM

http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/history/biographies/price.htm "His first discovery was that the further away from civilization, the fewer cavities he found. He had to look in three or four mouths to find a single cavity. Yes, he found some very green teeth, almost moss covered (as it were), but beneath this coat was a fine, strong tooth, planted firmly in a strong, full jaw." I'm a frickin' rock star when I travel to the Swiss Alps. Villagers run up to me and ask to stroke my teeth. It's awesome!

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on January 29, 2012
at 05:02 PM

I agree with you about mouthwashes, some pretty crazy stuff in most of them. I started making my own mouthwash as I do like a nice rinse after brushing. In a 12oz glass bottle I mix 3/4 Tbsp baking soda, 1 oz hydrogen peroxide, 1 oz vodka, 1 tsp peppermint extract, and then fill with water. Only takes a couple of minutes to make and is a nice, refreshing way to start the day.

To your actual question, I do also use a tongue scraper occasionally. I generally use it after a cigar as it is the only way the taste doesnt stay with me for a few days.

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