Posted by DR. JOCELYNN VIDA on Oct 16 2020, 06:53 AM
Tongue scraping is an effective method to remove plaque collected on the tongue. This ensures the maintenance of good oral health and significantly reduces bad breath. Tongue scraping is an essential step in your everyday dental hygiene routine. You can scrape your tongue clean using a rounded plastic or metal tool.
Tongue scraping cannot replace brushing. It is as important as brushing your teeth every day and night. Take a quick scan of the benefits associated with tongue scraping:
Gets Rid of Bacteria
Bacteria found on the tongue can be effectively scraped out using a tongue scraper. However, it is worthy of note here that this may not prevent the development of bacteria during the course of the day, which is why it is important to scrape your tongue twice a day and maintain the habit indefinitely.
Reduces Bad Mouth Odor
Tongue scraping is known to reduce bad breath immensely. In fact, a study conducted in 2004 found that it can be more effective than brushing when it comes to battling bad breath.
Enhances Sense of Taste
When plaque and bacteria form layers on your tongue, it can shadow taste. So, clean your tongue every day to get a better sweet, salty, sour, and bitter taste.
Improves the Appearance
The buildup of all food residues can lead to a white coating on your tongue. You can get rid of this by scraping it out every morning.
Keeps Up Overall Oral Health
Keeping your tongue clean will help prevent bacteria that would otherwise cause cavities, gum disease, and other dental conditions.
Many toothbrushes today come with ridges at the back of the head that can be used to scrape your tongue. While that is certainly a quick alternative, we recommend using a dedicated copper, stainless steel, or plastic tongue scraper for longtime usage.
If you are not familiar with the process, here’s how you should scrape your tongue:
A well-rounded oral hygiene routine that includes brushing, flossing, tongue scraping, and mouth rinsing will improve your overall oral health. Follow the routine and visit your dentist at least twice a year to have healthy teeth and gums.
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