Brushing and flossing twice a day is a no-brainer for good oral hygiene, but don't forget to brush your tongue! Read to find out why you should give it some love too.

Should You Brush Your Tongue Every Day?

Why Should You Brush Your Tongue?

According to experts, you should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. [1]

Clean your tongue at least twice a day, this will help:

  • freshen your breath and
  • in eliminating bacteria.

Did you know? Cleaning your tongue with toothpaste is more effective than just mouth rinsing!

You should clean your tongue twice in a day to maintain good oral health.

Furthermore, brushing your tongue takes very little time. Scroll down to discover the 4 easy steps to effectively brush your tongue.

How to Brush Your Tongue?

Here are some dentist-recommended methods for cleaning your tongue.

Using a regular toothbrush or a tongue scraper to brush your tongue, follow the steps written below:

Step 1

  • Add a bit of toothpaste to your toothbrush.

Step 2

  • Start brushing your tongue from the back to the front.

Step 3

  • Be gentle; don’t press your tongue hard.

Step 4

  • Rinse your mouth with water, followed by your toothbrush and scraper.

Source: Health Line [2]

Benefits of Cleaning Your Tongue

Wondering why you should clean your tongue? We’ve listed some of the benefits below:

  • Refreshes your breath,
  • Improves your oral health,
  • Reduces the bacteria on your tongue,
  • Prevents tooth decay and gum disease, and,
  • Keeps bacteria from causing tooth damage.

Source: BMC Oral Health [3]


Do you brush your tongue? If you don’t already, you should start the next time you brush your teeth!

Make cleaning your tongue after brushing your teeth a daily dental routine.

If you notice any changes in your tongue or if bad breath persists even after cleaning it, schedule an appointment with a skilled dentist to discuss this.


Dentists recommend brushing your tongue with toothpaste to remove bacteria and plaque. [4]

Toothpaste aids in producing fresh breath and a healthy smile by your tongue.

Tongue cleaning requires,

  • a small amount of toothpaste and
  • it takes less than a minute.

Brush your tongue for as long as it is not unpleasant and causes gagging. [5]

Sometimes just 30 seconds of tongue cleaning can make a big difference in your dental health.

Concentrate on the quality of brushing rather than the time.

By cleaning your tongue for a minute twice a day, you can prevent more severe health problems.

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