Should I Be Using a Tongue Scraper? | Dr. Jordan Johnson

Ensuring optimal oral hygiene goes beyond just brushing your teeth and flossing regularly; it also involves caring for your tongue. Throughout the day, bacteria can accumulate on your tongue, leading to issues like bad breath. For some individuals, using a tongue scraper can significantly enhance tongue cleanliness and overall oral health.

Should You Use a Tongue Scraper?
Research from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) indicates that tongue scraping can effectively reduce sulfur compounds responsible for bad breath. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that tongue scrapers could reduce these compounds by up to 75%, compared to only 45% reduction with a standard toothbrush. Therefore, incorporating tongue scraping into your oral care routine can be beneficial for maintaining oral freshness.

What Do Tongue Scrapers Do?
While tongue scrapers primarily target bad breath, their main function is to eliminate debris and bacteria from the tongue’s surface. Unlike toothbrushes, which are designed for teeth cleaning, tongue scrapers are specifically engineered to provide a thorough cleaning for the tongue, which has a different texture and composition.

How to Use a Tongue Scraper?
Begin by rinsing your mouth thoroughly. Then, gently clean your tongue by placing the scraper at the back of your mouth and gradually pulling it forward. Ensure that you cover all areas of the tongue while avoiding pushing too far back to prevent gagging. After scraping, rinse your mouth, and clean the scraper before storing it.

Although tongue cleaning may not be part of your regular routine, it can effectively combat bad breath and remove food-related bacteria. During your next visit to Neighborhood Dental, inquire about additional methods for tongue cleaning and maintaining overall mouth health. Consistently practicing daily oral hygiene habits, including brushing and flossing, remains essential for preserving oral health and minimizing harmful bacteria.

For further advice on achieving a healthy mouth or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Jordan Johnson at our office, please reach out to us. We eagerly await the opportunity to assist you in maintaining optimal oral health.

Neighborhood Dental
Phone: (502) 365-9858
2232 Bardstown Rd, Suite A
Louisville, KY 40205
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