As you walk on down the toothpaste aisle, you see all types of oral care items. Toothbrushes, floss, water picks, denture cream, etc. Each and every one has a role when it comes to preventative dentistry. Out of the corner of your eye, however, you see tongue scrapers. You’ve heard about them before, but now you’re asking yourself: “Should I include this in my daily dental routine?”
See for yourself.
Reasons to Consider Using a Tongue Scraper
Your tongue is exposed to millions of bacteria every day. Whether through food, drink, or close contact, bacteria and plaque gather on the tongue more than anywhere else.
It’s no wonder, either. The spongy and porous like tongue can hold on to a multitude of food particles and bacteria for days. This colony of bacteria can potentially reduce the effectiveness of your oral care regimen.
Scraping your tongue can help cut back on the amount of plaque-causing bacteria in your mouth. Additionally, it can also help freshen your breath and maintain your oral cleaning regimen even longer.
In other words, cleaning, or scraping the tongue should be a priority. But does that mean you have to use tongue scrapers? Would simply brushing the tongue suffice?
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Word to the oral care wise
If you do begin acclimating tongue scraping to your oral care routine, make sure to do it gently. Tongue scrapers may be too rigid or made out of a sharp material, so cutting the tongue is a possibility.
This can make your oral care routine counter-producing as the bacteria now have an opening to invade your body.
When you use a tongue scraper, make sure to choose a flexible, plastic material and scrape the tongue a few times slowly to reduce the risk of cutting.
Also, remember that most dentists recommended toothbrushes have built-in tongue scrapers directly on the back of the brush itself.