If you want to fully care for your gums and teeth, don't forget to clean your tongue. A tongue scraper can help you reduce a problem with infection or bad breath.
What Is a Tongue Scraper?
A tongue scraper is a device that may come in plastic or metal. It is meant to clean the tongue of food or the biofilm and bacteria that can cause bad breath, which can lead to decay. This form of hygiene should be used with daily brushing and flossing to keep the breath fresher and lessen the risk of gum disease and cavities. Tongue scrapers come in plastic and metal, with most of the devices selling for around $7.00 to $10.00. This item has become popular, as research studies confirm that tongue scraping provides an easy way to remove the coating on the tongue that causes bad breath and eliminate the growth of plaque. Because high-grade stainless-steel is exceptional at resisting the bacteria found in plaque, it is preferred by our dental team over plastic.
How Do I Use a Tongue Scraper?
To use a tongue scraper, stick out the tongue and begin about half-way back to prevent a gag reflex. This should be done initially until you get used to using the product. Gently scrape the tongue after you get done with brushing. Follow up by rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash. Both measures will help you eliminate plaque and get rid of the bio-film on the tongue. If you do not have a tongue scraper available, brush both your teeth and your tongue. Never brush or scrape too hard. Always use a gentle motion. When using the scraper or a toothbrush, always scrape or brush from the back of the mouth toward the tip of the tongue.
You can freshen your breath and receive better check-ups when you scrape your tongue, or use this type of dental instrument as an adjunct to brushing and flossing. If you have not scheduled a dental cleaning and exam recently, give us a call today to book an appointment.