Should I Be Using a Tongue Scraper? | Patrick Loftus DDS

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Caring for your oral health involves more than just brushing and flossing your teeth. At Syringa Dental and Implants, Dr. Patrick Loftus DDS emphasizes the importance of tongue care to maintain a healthy mouth. Bacteria can accumulate on the tongue throughout the day, leading to bad breath and other oral health issues. For many patients, using a tongue scraper can effectively remove this buildup and promote a cleaner, healthier tongue.

But should you be using a tongue scraper?
Research from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) suggests that scraping the tongue can significantly reduce sulfur compounds, which are a common cause of bad breath. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that tongue scrapers reduced these compounds by 75%, compared to only 45% reduction with a standard toothbrush. While both methods can help, a tongue scraper may provide a more thorough cleaning for your tongue.

So, how do you use a tongue scraper?
It’s simple. After washing out your mouth, gently clean your tongue using the scraper. Place the scraper towards the back of your mouth and pull it forward, ensuring that you cover all areas of the tongue. Be careful not to push too far back to avoid gagging. After scraping, rinse your mouth thoroughly, and remember to clean the scraper after each use.

Incorporating tongue scraping into your oral hygiene routine can be an effective way to combat bad breath and remove bacteria caused by food debris. During your next visit to Syringa Dental and Implants, be sure to ask about other methods for maintaining tongue health and promoting overall oral wellness. Remember, consistent brushing, flossing, and tongue cleaning are essential for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing the buildup of harmful bacteria.

For more tips on achieving a healthy mouth or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Patrick Loftus DDS, please don’t hesitate to contact our office. We’re here to help you achieve a brighter, healthier smile.

Syringa Dental and Implants of Post Falls
Phone: 208-777-0292
1850 E Seltice Way
Post Falls, ID 838354