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Tongue Brushing

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Posted by: Evamaria  (10 years ago)
Hello Dr.,

my friend told me her dentist recommended tongue brushing against bad breath. Is using a scraper or brush an effective way to cure halitosis?

Thank you for your advice.

Regards,

Eva Maria
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Posted by: pinklady  (10 years ago)
Hi,

Sometimes bad breath is caused by bacteria on the tongue.The back of the tongue must be cleaned to get rid of bad breath. You should try a tongue scraper. Also, try a mouth rinse that contains fluoride and is alcohol free.
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Posted by: lucy229  (10 years ago)
Hi,

Sometimes bad breath is caused by bacteria on the tongue.The back of the tongue must be cleaned to get rid of bad breath. You should try a tongue scraper. Also, try a mouth rinse that contains fluoride and is alcohol free.


I use a scraper, brush and mouthwash... no bad breathe - or so i think =8-P
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Hi everyone!

A tongue scraper is one solution; however, you should ask yourself why the coating on your tongue is occurring in the first place.

The mucous membrane of your tongue is eroded by food, rubbing against the teeth, and friction around the oral cavity; this is a kind of self-cleaning mechanism.

If your tongue turns black however, there is definitely something wrong! This could be due to incorrect cleaning, for example of a total prosthesis. It could also be the result of dietary changes, skin diseases, or even hormonal fluctuations.

As soon as you determine the reason for the problem, you can treat the cause rather than just the symptoms. This is the best course of action, ideally you should discuss these issues with your dentist!
Liebe Grüße JB
 
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Posted by: fredierom  (10 years ago)
can diet lead to bad breathe? I eat a lot of Indian food and suffer from bad breathe. I have great oral hygiene but still suffer :(
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Dentist
Hello fredierom!

Naturally, different foods will leave a varied and distinct smell in the mouth; whether it is pleasant or not depends on the eye (or nose) of the beholder ;-)
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