Bad breath? Brush your tongue!

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Giving your tongue a gentle brushing removes dead cells, bacteria and food debris. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a flexible tongue scraper. Another option is to use a toothbrush with a built-in tongue cleaner on the back. Try to clean as far back on your tongue as you can without gagging because the bacteria tend to collect toward the back.

Jun. 30, 2011 See more In-depth