It is not uncommon for patients to inquire about the use of tongue scrapers. While brushing and flossing are the primary ways to maintain oral health, there is the considerable reason for utilizing a tongue scraper. In this blog, we’ll cover a few of the most frequently asked questions about tongue scrapers. If you have any additional questions that you don’t see answered here, feel free to contact us at either of our offices during working hours.
What Is a Tongue Scraper?
As the name suggests, a tongue scraper is a tool to scrap the tongue. They come in various shapes, sizes, and styles. Some are made of plastic while others metal. Typically, a tongue scraper can be bought at a local drug or grocery store.
How Is It Used?
An effective technique is to place the scraping surface of the instrument at the further sections of the back of the tongue and pull it forward out of the mouth. Rinse the scraper off and repeat the action until no residue is being captured by the tool.
Can Tongue Scrapers Improve One’s Breath?
Yes. Since the scraper is removing bacteria from the surface of the tongue along with other particles, your breath will be improved. Typically, bad breath is a byproduct of oral bacteria.
Are Tongue Scrapers Better Than a Toothbrush?
Tongue scrapers are more effective in cleaning the tongue than a toothbrush is. Its design captures and removes substances on the tongue whereas toothbrushes are only able to agitate them loose. Most of our patients state that tongue scrapers are more comfortable to use to clean their tongue than toothbrushes are.
Do Tongue Scrapers Enhance Oral Health?
They certainly can. Removing bad bacteria from your mouth is always a good thing and tongue scrapers help you to do so. When used in conjunction with brushing, flossing, and mouth washing, tongue scraping can help to eliminate gum disease and tooth decay.