Should I Be Using a Tongue Scraper? | Jolly & Morton Advanced Dentistry

Should I Be Using a Tongue Scraper? | Jolly & Morton Advanced Dentistry

Dentist Brentwood

While brushing your teeth and flossing are essential components of your oral hygiene routine, caring for your tongue is equally important. Throughout the day, bacteria can accumulate on the surface of your tongue, contributing to bad breath and oral health issues. For many individuals, incorporating a tongue scraper into their oral care regimen can significantly improve tongue cleanliness and overall oral health.

Understanding the Benefits

Research conducted by the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) underscores the effectiveness of tongue scraping in reducing sulfur compounds responsible for bad breath. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Periodontology revealed that tongue scrapers can decrease these compounds by 75%, surpassing the 45% reduction achieved by standard toothbrushes. It’s crucial to choose a method that suits your mouth best, but prioritizing tongue care is essential for optimal oral health.

The Role of Tongue Scrapers

While addressing bad breath is a common goal, tongue scrapers primarily serve to remove debris and bacteria from the tongue’s surface. Unlike toothbrushes, which are designed for cleaning teeth, tongue scrapers provide a more thorough cleaning tailored to the unique texture of the tongue, promoting fresher breath and enhanced oral hygiene.

Incorporating Tongue Scraping into Your Routine

To effectively use a tongue scraper, begin by rinsing your mouth thoroughly. Position the scraper at the back of your mouth and gently pull it forward, ensuring to cover all areas of the tongue without triggering a gag reflex. After scraping, rinse your mouth to remove any lingering debris, and clean the scraper for future use. While tongue cleaning may be unfamiliar, it offers significant benefits in combating bad breath and bacterial buildup.

Partner with Jolly and Morton Advanced Dentistry for Comprehensive Oral Care

During your next visit to our office, inquire about additional strategies for maintaining a clean tongue and promoting optimal oral health. Consistency in your daily oral hygiene routine, including brushing, flossing, and tongue scraping, is essential for preventing unhealthy bacteria and preserving your oral health. For further guidance on maintaining a healthy mouth or to schedule your next appointment, contact us today. We eagerly await the opportunity to support your oral health journey.


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Jolly & Morton Advanced Dentistry of Brentwood
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785 Old Hickory Blvd STE 100
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