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my dentist here told me that brushing tongue can be harmful for the taste buds, given that's true. how should i clean my tongue?

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Dr. Justin Nelson
15 years experience Pediatric Dentistry
Hmmmm...NO: Sure I guess if some is uber crazy on brushing the tongue that it may be harmful but the tongue is very resilient & tough. Some like brushing, some like scraping but I say use what you like but just be gentle. No worries Connect with my Virtual Practice on Healthtap for any dental questions with my special keycode: DFWMCQ! Securely video or text chat by virtual appointment. http://htap.us/28qexs
Answered on Apr 19, 2016
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Dr. Robert Moretta
38 years experience Dentistry
No: I have never heard or read of anyone damaging their taste buds by brushing or scraping their tongue. I believe that you dentist is wrong.
Answered on Nov 27, 2017

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