How to remove plaque from the tongue without scraping

Updated February 21, 2017

Plaque that has built up on the tongue needs to be removed with a tongue scraper or a toothbrush. If you have an aversion to scraping or brushing your tongue, you can use an antibacterial mouthwash, but it will not be as effective in removing the plaque. There is some evidence that daily use of an antibacterial mouthwash may be effective in preventing plaque build-up, so rinsing with mouthwash has some use. Chlorhexidine gluconate is a mouthwash that is available by prescription and has been shown to reduce plaque by 55 per cent or more, according to

Wait at least 30 minutes after brushing your teeth before you use the mouthwash. Some compounds in toothpastes can inactivate the mouthwash.

Pour about 28.4gr of mouthwash into a paper cup. This is about one cap full of mouthwash.

Put it in your mouth, but don't drink it. Swish it around your mouth for about one minute, then spit it out into the sink.

Use the mouthwash at least twice a day, in the morning and at night. Use after every meal is advised.

Things You'll Need

  • Mouthwash
  • Cup
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Donna Tinus has been a writer since 2005. She has a background in medical terminology and has written articles for various websites on topics such as family, finance, medicine, health, pets, gardening, beauty and relationships. Tinus holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Centenary College.