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Are Tongue Scrapers Necessary?

You know that if you want to enjoy good oral health, you need to brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily, but did you know there are other things you can do to improve your oral health? Naturally, we recommend considering all of your options when it comes to your oral health—include tongue scrapers.

However, as a warning you should know that using a tongue scraper might feel unusual. Still, we recommend trying a tongue scraper, especially if you face frequent bad breath. You see bad breath is often caused by bacteria or food debris in your mouth, and your tongue can harbor this bacteria. Naturally, you can use a toothbrush, but many people find it uncomfortable. Fortunately, you shouldn’t have this problem after using tongue scrapers a few times.

However, while a toothbrush is made for your teeth, tongue scrapers are specifically made to clean your tongue. While tongue scrapers can be made from many materials, stainless steel is commonly used because they allow for gentle but effective cleanings.

Furthermore, using a tongue scrape is simple. Just start at the back of your tongue and pull the scraper forward. This practice can let you enjoy many benefits. For instance, with a tongue scraper you’ll be able to fight off bad breath and prevent the bacteria on your tongue from spreading to your teeth. In other words, using a tongue scraper may help you prevent cavities and tooth decay.

If you have any questions about what kind of tongue scraper is right for you please give The Dental Office of Encino a call. Our dentist, Dr. Alan M. Howard and Yonatan Howard, and our team will be happy to help and assist you in any way.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.