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How to Get Nicotine Off Your Tongue

Updated April 17, 2017

Nicotine is highly addictive and can be ingested by smoking cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or using chewing tobacco. The tar and nicotine found in such products can cause many health problems such as cancer, emphysema and gum disease. Using nicotine on a regular basis can stain any body part it comes in contact with, such as fingers, lips and tongue. There are several things you can do to get a nicotine stain off your tongue.

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  1. Scrape your tongue with a special device. Purchase a tongue scraper in the dental care section of your local chemist and scrape your tongue with it after you brush your teeth. Scraping your tongue will help remove bacteria and stains that nicotine can deposit over time.

  2. Brush your tongue when you're cleaning your teeth. Brushing your tongue works the same way a tongue scraper does, and will help scrub off nicotine stains while keeping the surface of your tongue clean.

  3. Rinse your mouth with a tar-removing mouthwash purchased from a chemist. Use this mouthwash for 30 seconds twice a day to fight tongue stains.

  4. Purchase a toothpaste that contains peroxide and baking soda, two highly cleansing elements. Brush your tongue with this paste twice a day to cleanse your tongue and remove nicotine stains.

  5. Stop smoking. Your stained tongue will fade and clear on its own when you stop exposing it to nicotine, plus your health will improve, too.

  6. Warning

    Quitting smoking greatly reduces serious risks to your health.

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Things You'll Need

  • Toothbrush
  • Tongue scraper
  • Baking soda and peroxide toothpaste
  • Tar-removing mouthwash

About the Author

Catherine Colombo is a freelance writer based in Portland, Ore. She received her Bachelor of Science in written communications and English language, graduating with honors from Eastern Michigan University. Colombo has participated in publishing, fiction, mixed media and poetry symposiums since 2001.

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