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You might be under the impression that brushing your teeth and flossing them daily are the two most important things to achieve good oral hygiene. And they are!
But there’s one more thing that needs to be done for a clean and healthy mouth and that’s using a tongue scraper to clean your tongue.
Tongue scraping is painless and easy. You might even find you become addicted to the feeling of a clean tongue that can taste flavours better and makes your mouth feel clean and fresh.
What is a tongue scraper?
A tongue scraper is designed to clean the bacterial build-up, food debris, yeast cells, and dead cells from the surface of the tongue. This bacterial build-up and food debris is related to many common oral and general health problems, and is important to remove.
There are a few different kinds of tongue scrapers, but they’re all cheap and available at drugstores and grocery stores. You might even be able to snag a free one at your dentist’s office.
The benefit of a plastic tongue scraper is that they’re often disposable.
We like to use a stainless steel tongue scraper to reduce my exposure to plastics. The stainless steel also makes it easier to clean.
Why is it important to clean your tongue?
It’s essential to oral health. Cleaning your tongue, especially the back part, removes bacteria and toxins responsible for plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease.
It will enhance your taste buds and the flavours you experience. Your taste buds can be blocked by all the junk that builds up on your tongue and removing this buildup will better expose your taste buds and enhance the flavor of the food you eat.
It will boost your immunity. Scraping all that bacteria and food buildup off of your tongue will prevent toxins from getting reabsorbed by your body. Tongue scraping is especially crucial while you’re sick since a lot of junk can get built up back there.
It will improve your digestive health. Tongue scraping promotes saliva production, which helps with your digestion.
It will banish bad breath. Some estimates are that 80 to 95% of bad breath comes from the build-up of food, bacteria, fungi, and dead cells that accumulate at the very back of the tongue. The front of your tongue might look pink and healthy, but if you stick your tongue out all the way and look in the mirror, you’ll see that buildup way in back – and that’s what people can smell.
An analogy we like to use is this: Imagine your tongue is a carpet of mushrooms (which are actually your taste-buds). Whenever you eat or drink something, tiny particles get trapped within the network of these mushrooms. These particles can’t detach through normal rinsing or brushing. This is when tongue scraping becomes important. A clean tongue ensures that your mouth is free of harmful bacteria that can cause oral problems like decay of teeth and bad breath.
How do you use a tongue scraper?
What are the benefits of tongue scraping?
If bad breath continues, see your dentist. Bad breath can be an indicator of a more serious condition if it persists even if you’re scraping your tongue, flossing, and brushing properly.
Contact Family Care Dental Clinic for your consultation today!
Located in the heart of North Vancouver, BC, Family Care Dental Clinic is a group of passionate dentists and dental experts who are committed to providing patients with exceptional dental care in a modern and relaxing environment. We at Family Care Dental Clinic offer our clients a wide range of comprehensive dental services for the whole family. Call (604) 987-3545 or write us at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!