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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?

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?

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 ...Read more

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Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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Do brush tongue with toothpaste when I brush my teeth?

Do brush tongue with toothpaste when I brush my teeth?

Doesnot matter: What is importat for tongue cleaning is mechanical removal of bacterial layer from your tonque. Adding toothpaste will just give better taste in your mouth while brushing and cleaning your tongue. ...Read more

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Dds said I had thrush, to just brush tongue. Do I need medicine too?

Dds said I had thrush, to just brush tongue. Do I need medicine too?

Thrush=Candida: Candida fungi are normally in low numbers in the mouth, but can overgrow forming white, cheesy patches that may bleed. It is associated with taking antibiotics that kill the good bacteria, stress or immune suppression from various diseases & medications such as steroids. Eating yogurt with live cultures or rinsing and swallowing pro-biotic mixtures with lacto-bacillus can restore a normal balance. ...Read more

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Will cleaning extra well (flossing, brushing, tongue scrape, antiseptic mouthrinse) help the inflammation heal faster at all?

Will cleaning extra well (flossing, brushing, tongue scrape, antiseptic mouthrinse) help the inflammation heal faster at all?

Yes: I am assuming you referring to gum inflammation. If that's th e case, then yes. Good home care will cure early inflammation. If the condition persists, see your dentist or periodontist. ...Read more

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Will brushing tongue get rid of thrush?

Will brushing tongue get rid of thrush?

Not by itself: Candida fungi are normally in low numbers in the mouth, but can overgrow forming white, cheesy patches that may bleed. It is associated with taking antibiotics that kill the good bacteria, stress or immune suppression from various diseases & medications such as steroids. Eating yogurt with live cultures or rinsing and swallowing pro-biotic mixtures with lacto-bacillus can restore a normal balance. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get white build up on tongue? No hiv, 24 y/o male. Hard time brushing tongue in morning due to gag reflex

Is it normal to get white build up on tongue? No hiv, 24 y/o male. Hard time brushing tongue in morning due to gag reflex

Common: White buildup on tongue might be plaque similar to what we form on teeth. Only a dentist can tell you that for sure after examining you. Try rinsing with listerine first, or some say to put some salt on the tip of your tongue, and then use a tongue scraper, available at most drug stores or supermarkets, rather than a tooth brush. ...Read more

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Should I brush my tongue?

Should I brush my tongue?

Yes: You should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. ...Read more

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How can I properly brush my tongue?

How can I properly brush my tongue?

Here's how...: Put a dab of toothpaste on your wet bush. Stick your tongue out as far as you can while opening as big as you can. Place the toothbrush on the back of your tongue, press firm and rake it forward to the tip. Repeat over again several times from back to front to brush unbrushed areas. When done rinse thoroughly with water. This technique helps prevent gagging! ...Read more

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Do you have to brush your tongue also?

Do you have to brush your tongue also?

Yes: The tongue needs to be cleaned also. It can be brushed, but using a tongue scraper will do a better job. The better we remove plaque (biofilm) in the mouth, the healthier we will be. ...Read more

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I think i brushed my tongue to hard and now it feels weird on one spot will this go away ?

I think i brushed my tongue to hard and now it feels weird on one spot will this go away ?

Most likely: this "weird spot" is secondary to trauma from brushing. I am confident it will go away within days. Best of luck! ...Read more

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What causes a white covering on the tongue? And, is it medically dangerous or alarming? It can't be removed despite frequent brushing of tongue

Fungal infection : One possibility is chance of fungal infection which can be treated with oral medications such as Nystatin or flucanazole ... If that's the case you should be screened for systemic diseases such as HIV (IF you gave the risk factors ) I would suggest a visit to your PCP soon . ...Read more

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How can I prevent gagging when I brush my tongue?

Drop your head down.: Drop your head down and breathe through your nose when cleaning your teeth or tongue. Sticking your tongue forward may also help by getting it off your soft palate, which would stimulate the gag reflex. ...Read more

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What to do if I brush my tongue with orabrush and toothpaste but still stinky?

What to do if I brush my tongue with orabrush and toothpaste but still stinky?

Bad breath: See your Dentist. Source can be infected gums, infected tonsils, infected sinuses, diet, gastric reflex, thrush, and many other causes. Please see your Dentist. You can't do this on your own, even with your computer as a research tool. See a Pro. ...Read more

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I would like to know why while I brush my tongue I feel like i`m just about to puke?

Gag reflex: Many people, unfortunately, cannot brush their tongue without gagging. If you are one of those, take some steps to eliminate the gag reflex when you brush your tongue. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Harder bristles can be more abrasive on the tongue and trigger your gag reflex. Stick your tongue out as far as you can when brushing it. Stretching the tongue out can help to eliminate gagging. ...Read more

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When brushing my tongue, should I clean the part at the back even if it makes me gag?

Gaging: Do not go to clean that much backward where you will Gag.Do cleaning of tongue as much as you can do. eventually, you become use to it and gagging will go away. ...Read more