Oral health is more than just brushing, flossing and general care for your teeth. That’s why when you have your check-up, we check your tongue and mouth as well for any signs of change or areas of concern to keep your whole mouth healthy. One simple addition to your daily routine that you can make at home is tongue scraping.
A tongue scraper is a tool made of plastic or stainless steel that comes in various sizes and shapes to fit your tongue. It’s simple to use, just start at the back of the tongue and scrape forward. When you are done, simply rinse out your mouth. Done!
Studies show that about 80% of bad breath comes from an oral source such as cavities, cracked fillings, and less-than-clean dentures. Bacteria and plaque can build up on your tongue, contributing to decay, cavities, and gum disease – all of which not only affect your oral health but your breath as well! When you clean your tongue, you effectively get rid of some of the bacteria that aids in breaking down the health of your teeth.
Tongue scraping also promotes saliva production which aids is rinsing your mouth of this harmful bacteria. Not only does tongue scraping promote a healthy mouth but, by flushing the mouth of excess bacteria, you get rid of toxins that can get re-absorbed into your system during an illness. There is also the bonus benefit of allowing your taste buds to be working in top shape. When you make certain your tongue is clean and free of all of that excess buildup, your taste buds can do their job better.
If you’re curious about this additional simple addition to your daily dental care routine, ask to learn more at your next appointment!