How soon can I expect results?
Do many people clean their tongues in this way ?
Do you recommend plastic or stainless steel tongue cleaners? Or even brushes?
Does tongue cleaning have benefits in addition to keeping the breath fresh?
How often should you clean your tongue?
What is the best way to clean my tongue?
How do I clean the stainless steel tongue cleaner?
How does it compare with a sonic or power brush?
How does it remove plaque?
Is the IONIC toothbrush Clinically Proven?
Do I need to use toothpaste?
How do I care for my IONIC toothbrush?
How do I test the battery?
What is your warranty on the toothbrush?
How long does the toothbrush protector last?
What are the ingredients?
Are the kids' toothbrush protectors safe for children under 5 years old?
Does it really work?
What are Perio Sticks made from?
How THIN are Perio Sticks?
They seem to break easily. Am I doing something wrong?
I am having trouble removing the tamper-evident seal. How do I remove it?
What causes loose teeth?
How is REJUV™ for gums different from a mouthwash or rinse?
What are the ingredients in REJUV™ for gums?
How do I use REJUV™ for gums?
Should I use it more than twice a day?
Will it help with conditions like receding or bleeding gums?
How do I use the Eezi-Squeeze dropper?
Is Smart Floss eco-friendly?
How do you use Smart Floss?
What are the ingredients in Smart Floss®?
Does Smart Floss remove more plaque?
What are your shipping rates?
What is your return policy?
Can I give special delivery instructions?
How do you oil pull?
What carrier oil is best to mix with the concentrate?
What ingredients are in the concentrate?
Is DrTung's Oil Pulling Concentrate more powerful than a plain oil?
FAQs: Tongue Cleaning and Halitosis
How soon can I expect results?

It depends on the individual condition, but the results can be instant. Certainly much of the coating gets removed immediately. It’s like washing the body. A clean body or clean tongue doesn’t smell bad.

Do many people clean their tongues in this way ?

The truth is that millions of people know about it.

It is common practice in many Asian and older cultures. Tongue cleaning was also practiced by ancient Romans and by the wealthier classes in 18th and 19th century Europe. However, for some unknown reasons, the practice did not spread widely in the West..

But now, with more research verifying its benefits, and with TV and other publicity, many dentists and hygienists are recommending it. In fact, since DrTung's introduced tongue cleaning to the USA in the mid-nineties, we have become a household name in the health industry.

Do you recommend plastic or stainless steel tongue cleaners? Or even brushes?

Stainless steel doesn’t wear out and is impervious to bacteria (unlike plastic).

There are 3 basic kinds of tongue cleaners available – our U-shaped stainless steel cleaner (can be used with 1 or 2 hands); one-handed cleaners which are usually T-shaped or have rounded heads; or brushes

We believe the U-shaped design is best as it can easily clean the back of the tongue, where most bacteria reside. Using 2 hands give precise control over the pressure and position of the cleaner. This seemingly simple design has evolved over centuries and gives precise control over the position and pressure of the cleaner on the tongue, making it easy to use and overcoming the gagging problem caused by too much pressure on the tongue (as when trying to clean it with a brush or other one-handed cleaners).

Brushes are good for applying something like paste or a viscous substance toharder surfaces, like teeth. They are generally not effective in removing such viscous substance, especially from a soft object like the tongue.

Does tongue cleaning have benefits in addition to keeping the breath fresh?

Research shows that tongue cleaning can help prevent plaque buildup on the teeth, remove the coating on the tongue and improve our taste perception (because the coating on the tongue dulls the taste receptors). Many people report that they get far less colds and flu. It is good for overall health!

How often should you clean your tongue?

Twice a day is usually sufficient. Most people do it upon waking and before going to bed, which helps prevent morning breath. Some people also like to clean their tongue after each meal. It only takes 10 or 15 seconds each time.

What is the best way to clean my tongue?

Although some people brush their tongue with a toothbrush, most dentists and hygienists agree that a tongue cleaner (tongue scraper) is a far better tool. Also, research shows that toothbrushes are less than half as effective in removing bio-burden from the tongue. Toothbrushes are designed for cleaning teeth. Tongue cleaners are designed to clean tongues, which are very different from teeth! A tongue cleaner such as Dr. Tung’s U-shaped cleaner is designed to gently “scrape" off the unwanted bacteria and soft plaque, even from the back of the tongue where most "bad breath" bacteria are found. Tongue scraping removes far more bacteria than tongue brushing.

How do I clean the stainless steel tongue cleaner?

We suggest cleaning the tongue cleaner regularly - every few weeks - by rubbing it with toothpaste (rather than a chemical cleaning agent).  This helps get rid of any residue that may have built up on the stainless steel.