Oral health is more than just brushing, flossing, and general care for your teeth. Just like we check your tongue and your whole mouth for signs of any changes when you come in for a check-up, you too can do your best to keep your whole mouth healthy by adding another simple step to your dental routine – tongue scraping.
Did you know that bacteria and plaque can build up on your tongue? This can contribute to decay, cavities, and gum disease. By scraping and cleaning your tongue, you aid in getting rid of some of the harmful bacteria that break down your teeth and contribute to decay.
What Is A Tongue Scraper?
A simple tool, a tongue scraper is either made of plastic or stainless steel and comes in different sizes to accommodate different users. Easy enough to use, you take the edge of the scraper, place it at the back of your tongue, and gently scrape it forward. When you are done, you simply rinse your mouth out with water. It’s as simple as that.
In addition to helping decrease harmful bacteria in your mouth that leads to bad breath and decay, you can actually increase your saliva production. This is beneficial as saliva is also excellent for flushing out excess bacteria from your mouth.
If you’d like to learn more about how this simple tool can support your oral health, ask us at your next appointment. Or call us at (248) 852-3130 if it’s been a while and you’re ready to get back on the path to good dental care so we can schedule your next check-up with you.