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Should I Be Using a Tongue Scraper? | Anthony Gonzalez DDS

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In addition to maintaining a diligent routine of brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once, it’s essential to pay attention to the health of your tongue. Throughout the day, bacteria can accumulate on the surface of your tongue, contributing to bad breath and oral health issues. For some individuals, incorporating a tongue scraper into their oral hygiene regimen can provide a solution for a cleaner, healthier tongue.

Should You Be Using One?
Research from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) indicates that tongue scraping can significantly reduce sulfur compounds responsible for bad breath. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that tongue scrapers reduced these compounds by 75%, whereas standard toothbrushes only reduced 45% of sulfur compounds. It’s important to find the method that works best for your mouth, but prioritizing tongue care is crucial.

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

How Do I Use One?
Begin by rinsing your mouth thoroughly. Then, position the tongue scraper at the back of your mouth and gently pull it forward, ensuring you cover all areas of the tongue. Be cautious not to push the scraper too far back, as it may trigger a gag reflex. After scraping, rinse your mouth, and clean the scraper thoroughly.

While cleaning your tongue may not be part of your regular routine, it can be an effective solution for combating bad breath and removing bacteria. During your next dental appointment with Anthony Gonzalez DDS, inquire about additional methods for maintaining a clean tongue and overall oral health. Consistently adhering to your daily oral hygiene practices of brushing and flossing is essential for preserving oral health and preventing harmful bacteria buildup.

For more advice on maintaining a healthy mouth or to schedule your next visit to You’re Welcome Dental, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We eagerly anticipate the opportunity to assist you in achieving optimal oral health.

You’re Welcome Dental
Phone: (361) 387-1507
13725 Northwest Blvd Suite 220
Corpus Christi, TX 78410

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