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How to Get Stains Off the Tongue

Updated April 17, 2017

Unsightly stains from wine, tobacco, Popsicles and brightly-coloured juice drinks can stain your tongue. Removing these stains is simple and only adds minutes to your daily tooth brushing regiment. Combining your daily dental care with a tongue scraper can get rid of yucky debris and smelly bacteria, leaving your tongue looking more pleasant to those around you.

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  1. Run the tongue scraper across the surface of your tongue to remove stained dead cells, food debris and bacteria which manifests itself as a film or discolouration on your tongue. You don't have to apply pressure, the scraper will remove the build up when you slide it across the base of the tongue.

  2. Rinse the scraper under warm water to remove residue build up on the tool and continue to repeat the scraping action two or three more times.

  3. Place a line of toothpaste onto your toothbrush and brush your teeth. Pay particular attention to your tongue and brush its entire surface, as well. Rinse with water. Apply another line of toothpaste to your toothbrush and brush the tongue again. Don't brush too hard -- you don't want to make your tongue sore. Rinse with mouthwash to clear any excess food debris and check your tongue in the mirror.

  4. Tip

    Be sure to floss your teeth after brushing in order to remove any food debris caught in your gums. This can also help fight bad breath.


    If the problem persists, consult your family dentist as there may be another serious or underlying problem.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tongue scraper
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouthwash

About the Author

Brittany McComas has been writing since 2000. She has served as a scriptwriter, freelance writer, editor, dramaturg and producer for theater, television, radio and film. She wrote for a television series that won a Royal Television Society Award. McComas holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theater from West Virginia University and a Master of Arts in scriptwriting from Bath Spa University.

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