Tongue Scrapers: What Are the Dental Health Benefits?
By Patrick Casey on September 30, 2017
Good oral hygiene helps prevent cavities and tooth decay and improve the overall health and beauty of your smile. We always stress good preventative care at our Montreal restorative dentistry center, which empowers patients to experience great dental health.
We've received many questions recently about the potential benefits of tongue scrapers. Let's take a moment to consider what a tongue scraper is and how it can help you.
What Is a Tongue Scraper?
A tongue scraper is just what it sounds like. It's an oral hygiene tool that's designed to scrape the tongue clean. It's a supplement to brushing and flossing regularly, and for some an important part of their oral hygiene routine.
It's simple to use. All you have to do is place the tongue scraper at the back of your tongue and pull it forward to scrape the surface of the tongue clean. Repeat the process until the entire surface of the tongue has been cleaned. It's as simple as that. While tongue scrapers come in different shapes and sizes, the principle is still the same.
Are Tongue Scrapers a New Dental Care Fad?
No, not at all. In fact, tongue scrapers are hundreds of years old.
People used tongue scrapers and tongue cleaners as part of their oral hygiene routine in Africa, South America, Europe, and the Arab world. In fact, in Europe, the act of tongue cleaning was closely associated with the wealthy during the 15th through 19th centuries. It wasn't until the 20th century that tongue scrapers become more widely available.
Tongue Scrapers Help Fight Bad Breath
The biggest benefit of tongue scrapers comes in the fight against bad breath. Bad breath is caused by oral bacteria eating food particles left in the mouth and old cells in the mouth festering in place. Food particles and old cells may be stuck on the tongue for a long time, requiring a tongue scraping to keep the mouth as clean as possible. Tongue scrapers can make a major difference in that regard.
More Comfortable Than Using a Toothbrush
Another major benefit of tongue scrapers is their comfort when being used. It's much easier to use a tongue scraper than it is to use a toothbrush to clean your tongue. If you've brushed your tongue, you've likely had to deal with gagging or excessive salivating. With a tongue scraper, these are not issues. You can clean your tongue easily and without discomfort.
Helps the Fight Against Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
Tooth decay and gum disease are caused by oral bacteria. If you can eliminate as much bacteria as possible while cleaning your teeth, you can help prevent a host of dental problems from occurring. Brushing, flossing, using a tongue scraper, and using an antibacterial mouthwash can get your mouth extra-clean and free from anything that may cause cavities and periodontal disease.
Potentially Enhances Your Sense of Taste
If you have other matter on your tongue, it can potentially dull your sense of taste. By cleaning your tongue, you can improve your ability to enjoy the flavor of what you're eating. A tongue scraper may be ideal for any foodies or wine and craft beer enthusiasts out there.
Learn More About Great Oral Hygiene
For more information about tongue scrapers and items that can enhance your dental health and wellness, be sure to contact our dental care practice today. We'll be more than happy to discuss smart oral hygiene practices with you in much greater detail.
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