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Tongue Cleaning & Optimal Oral Health

Tongue Cleaning & Optimal Oral Health

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.

Why is it important to clean your tongue?

1. 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.

2. 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 flavour of the food you eat.

3. 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.

4. It will improve your digestive health.

Tongue scraping promotes saliva production, which helps with your digestion.

5. 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.

How do you use a tongue scraper?

  1. Take your tongue scraper and keep your mouth wide open as you push your tongue out a little bit. By doing this, you make your tongue easier to reach.
  2. Hold the two ends of the tongue scraper and take it to the back most portion of the tongue. You may experience a gag reflex when the scraper touches the rear part of the tongue. Initially you may not be able to control your gag reflex, but you’ll quickly get used to it and become able to scrape further back on the tongue.
  3. Gently run the scraper from the back of your tongue to the front of your tongue. During this stroke, the scraper rubs against the tongue surface and the food debris gets collected on the rough surface of the scraper while it’s in contact with the tongue.
  4. You will find a yellowish exudate coming out on the scraper if you haven’t scraped in a while. As you do this more and more, the exudate will be clear in colour. Initially you may have to scrape your tongue everyday and then taper it off to once every few days or once a week, depending on your preference.

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 to schedule an appointment with a member of our excellent team!

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