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Should I Be Using a Tongue Scraper? | Kwasnik Family Dental

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Taking care of your oral health involves more than just brushing and flossing your teeth. At Kwasnik Family Dental, we emphasize the importance of tongue hygiene as well. Bacteria can accumulate on your tongue throughout the day, contributing to bad breath and other oral health issues. For some individuals, using a tongue scraper can be an effective solution for achieving a cleaner and healthier tongue.

Why Should You Use a Tongue Scraper?
Research conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) has shown that tongue scraping can significantly reduce the presence of sulfur compounds that cause bad breath. In fact, tongue scrapers have been found to reduce these compounds by 75%, compared to only a 45% reduction achieved by using a standard toothbrush. It’s essential to find a method that works best for your mouth to ensure optimal tongue hygiene.

What Do Tongue Scrapers Do?
While tongue scrapers can help alleviate bad breath, their primary function is to remove debris and bacteria from the surface of your tongue. Unlike toothbrushes, which are designed to clean teeth, tongue scrapers are specifically designed to clean the unique surface of the tongue, providing a more thorough cleaning experience.

How Do You Use a Tongue Scraper?
Using a tongue scraper is simple. Start by rinsing your mouth to remove any loose debris. Then, gently clean your tongue by placing the scraper at the back of your mouth and pulling it forward. Be sure to scrape all areas of your tongue, but avoid pushing too far back to prevent gagging. After cleaning your tongue, rinse your mouth thoroughly, and clean the scraper before storing it.

While cleaning your tongue may not be a familiar practice, it can effectively combat bad breath and remove bacteria caused by food particles. During your next visit to Kwasnik Family Dental, don’t hesitate to ask about other methods for maintaining tongue hygiene and promoting overall oral health. Remember, consistent brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping are essential for preserving your oral health and preventing the buildup of harmful bacteria.

For additional tips on maintaining a healthy mouth or to schedule your next appointment at Kwasnik Family Dental, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re committed to helping you achieve and maintain optimal oral health.

Kwasnik Family Dental of Berlin
Phone: 802-229-0561
395 Paine Turnpike N
Berlin, VT 05602

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