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Can a tongue scraper get rid of black hairy tongue?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
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In brief: Yes

The tongue is coated with taste receptors termed papillae.
These normally stay short from food chewing and constant rubbing in normal activity of the mouth. If they grow longer, they can be stained darker by food and other substances in the mouth. It is not harmful and is not pathologic. You can lessen it by scraping the tongue with a scraper if you are diligent.

In brief: Yes

The tongue is coated with taste receptors termed papillae.
These normally stay short from food chewing and constant rubbing in normal activity of the mouth. If they grow longer, they can be stained darker by food and other substances in the mouth. It is not harmful and is not pathologic. You can lessen it by scraping the tongue with a scraper if you are diligent.
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