Even if you are brushing and flossing like you are supposed to, you may still be leaving bacteria in your mouth. The bumpy and uneven surface of the tongue creates the ideal place for bacteria to collect and multiply. These bacteria then get transferred onto our teeth and gums.
You may have heard of brushing your tongue with your toothbrush. Many modern toothbrushes even have ridges on the backside specifically to clean the tongue. However, a toothbrush cannot eliminate all the bacteria from the tongue. An effective alternative is a tongue scraper.
Dr. Thomas G. Zarger, Jr. can explain the benefits of tongue scrapers and how to use one at our Knoxville, TN general dentistry practice.
Tongue scrapers are typically u-shaped objects. They are gently dragged across the entire surface of the tongue. This dental tool can eliminate bacteria, toxins, particles of food, and deadened cells that collect on the tongue. Your toothbrush alone is not enough to remove all this bacteria.
Tongue scrapers are available in a variety of different materials, sizes, and shapes. You may wish to speak with Dr. Zarger to determine which type of tongue scraper is right for you. Stainless steel options are usually shaped like a “u”. Plastic scrapers may look more like a triangle with a handle attached. There are pros and cons to each, which Dr. Zarger can explain when you meet with him.
Tongue scrapers are less popular than toothbrushes and floss, so they are more difficult to find. You can check a local health food store, otherwise, you can find them online.
You want to start with a clean scraper. Then, place the scraper at the back of the tongue. Drag it across the tongue’s surface with gentle, yet firm pressure. You may need to rinse your scraper and repeat multiple times until you feel like your tongue is clean.
Tongue scrapers offer numerous benefits. Patients who use their tongue scrapers daily may enjoy the following benefits.
If you want to significantly improve your oral health, contact our office to learn more about adding tongue scraping to your oral care routine.