Tongue Cleaner

Tongue cleaners or scrappers are devices or instruments that aid in oral hygiene. These are used to remove the white debris that builds up over the surface of the tongue. The white coating is usually made up of food debris, dead tissues, etc. Inappropriate tongue cleaning methods may damage the taste buds, local bleeding, gag reflex, etc. Tongue cleaning is one of the less used oral hygiene measures as compared to brushing and flossing. Tongue cleaners of the present day are mostly made of plastic and stainless steel. Tongue cleaners of the ayurvedic period were made of wood, copper, ivory, etc. Tongue cleaning itself acts as a massage to the tongue.

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I have had persistent pain due to white thrush on my tongue for one month. Why am I getting this?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been suffering from persistent pain due to white thrush on my tongue for one month. So I just want to know why I am getting this? Would you please help me with this? I also have a viral cough, so I am currently using Tablet Amoxicillin.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw your query. I saw the picture attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I will help you solve your doubts. Your tongue looks quite normal, so do not worry. It will not be a serious complication. Check if any teeth are scratching on the tongue. ...  Read Full »

What causes bad breath and white coating on the tongue?

Query: Hi doctor,I have bad breath and my tongue is white even when I brush really hard for a long time. I have this issue for years. I have consulted a doctor about this issue. But nothing helps me.   Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Foul breath always occurs in relation to food accumulation. White tongue occurs due to food deposition on the tongue. I suggest you use a soft bristle toothbrush for brushing. Use it twice daily in vertical strokes. Use a floss and tongue scraper after brushing. It keep...  Read Full »

How to treat a black hairy tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, A few weeks ago I noticed that my tongue had patchy green areas. However, it has now turned into more of a yellow color, more so in the back than the front. Brushing the tongue seems to remove the yellow, but then it comes back. I am very scared of the black hairy tongue, and I read that...  Read Full »

Dr. Nupur Prashant Shah

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attached photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity), and I understand your concern. As your tongue has turned yellow and black from green in the front part, it is a typical feature of a hairy tongue. Clinically it looks like a h...  Read Full »

Why is my tongue always white?

Query: Hi doctor, My tongue remains white for about 1 to 1.5 years. It could be long, but not less than the duration I mentioned. My tongue gets hurt often. Please check the image; it was taken when it got hurt while eating. I am 21 years old. My weight is 55 kg and height is 5'10". I visited both allopath...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Some people have more dead cells forming on the tongue than normal. It is nothing for which you should worry about. Just use a tongue cleaner daily to wipe away dead cells. Do this daily and you will see some difference. Some person's tongue has less blood supply, which ...  Read Full »

Is my tongue itchy because of using tongue cleaner?

Query: Hello doctor, I have an itchy tongue. I can describe the itching like putting a needle on right and left corners of the tongue. I am using steel tongue cleaner for the last 15 years and I have stopped now. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Are you a diabetic person? Has the tongue problem reduced after you stopped using the tongue cleaner? Revert back with the asked details to an ENT otolaryngologist online -->  Read Full »

Does the tongue color look normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a concern in my mouth. I am a 25-year-old woman. Is it normal for the underneath of my tongue to look like this?  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the picture you have attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is 100 % normal for the tongue to look like. The undersurface of the tongue looks in this color because of the artery and veins supplying the tongue is quite visible clearly...  Read Full »

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