Tongue Scrapers: The Facts

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You already know the basics: brush twice a day, floss once a day, and visit the dentist regularly. But there is more that you can do, and one thing that is not difficult to add it to your daily routine is a tongue scraper.

Have you ever tried brushing your tongue with a toothbrush? If so, you probably understand that doing so could aggravate your gag reflux. It also may not do as thorough a job as you would like. If you experience this issue, think about using a tongue scraper to keep your tongue clean. This tool is composed of a plastic or metal handle with a special blade at the end that is sharp enough to clear your mouth of bacteria but gentle enough that it is safe for your mouth.

Your tongue is like a sponge. It absorbs saliva and is a vehicle for transporting it to the rest of your mouth. Saliva contains cleaning agents and nutrients that keep your teeth strong. However, your tongue can still harbor bacteria which then spread to the rest of your mouth. Using a tongue scraper is like rinsing your sponge at the end of each cleaning session.

If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a tongue scraper in Wallingford, Connecticut or would like to book an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Michael P. Gaudio, we invite you to give Michael P. Gaudio, D.M.D. a call at 203-265-3355. We’ll be eager to examine your teeth and will offer you personalized advice. We’re excited to hear from you!