Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

To practice good oral health and to remove the tongue discoloration:

  • Brush your tongue. Giving your tongue a gentle brushing whenever you brush your teeth removes dead cells, bacteria and food debris. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush or a flexible tongue scraper.
  • Brush after eating or drinking. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and ideally after every meal, using a fluoride toothpaste. If you can't brush after eating, at least try to rinse your mouth with water.
  • Floss at least once a day. Proper flossing removes food particles and plaque from between your teeth.
  • Visit your dentist regularly. Get professional tooth cleanings and regular oral exams, which can help your dentist prevent problems or spot them early. Your dentist can recommend a schedule for your situation.
Apr. 22, 2011