Tongue-Brushing Reduces Bad Breath

Tongue-Brushing to reduce bad breath

A study on bad breath compared the effectiveness of tongue-brushing, mouth-rinsing and gum-chewing. They measured each treatment with a halimeter — a device that measures the levels of VSCs (volatile sulfur compounds) on one’s breath.

What did they find? The scientific team found that mouthwashes rated ‘fair’ in reducing bad breath. Chewing gum (whether sugarless or not) did NOT reduce the amount of VSCs in one’s mouth. In fact, chewing gum regularly can give microorganisms in the mouth more food to thrive, resulting in more VSCs.

What did the team find as the best solution? Tongue-brushing. They recommend that this be done from back to front to get the highest amount of microbes removed. Coating the tongue scraper with a specialty breath-freshening product would make it even more effective. Tongue-brushing helps eliminate the nasty bad breath causing bugs, but also penetrates deep below the tongue’s surface for an even more thorough cleaning.  International Dental Journal.


By | 2016-10-14T15:18:23+00:00 February 11th, 2012|Oral Health|2 Comments

About the Author:

Eva Grayzel, a nationally recognized Master Storyteller and performance artist, was diagnosed at age 33 with stage IV oral cancer and given a 15% chance of survival. After regaining her deep vibrant voice, Eva applied her stage skills to communicate the depth of her experience in a unique and powerful way. For over a decade, Eva has captivated dental professionals worldwide using her story as a catalyst for change. She performed ‘Tongue-Tied’ Off-Broadway in New York City to a sold-out audience. A champion for early detection, Eva founded the Six-Step Screening™ oral cancer awareness campaign, for which she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine. She is the author of ‘Mr. C Plays Hide & Seek’ and ‘Mr. C the Globetrotter.’ In 2017, she created ‘My Story Legacy,’ a creative format to document family stories, life values and wisdom for future generations.


  1. Raina Waldenberg February 18, 2012 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Interesting post.

  2. Sam Osby March 1, 2012 at 11:16 pm - Reply

    Very cool website!! Thank you for sharing…

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