Each day, you take time to thoroughly brush your teeth twice a day. As you know, doing so can help reduce your risk of tooth decay and gingivitis. But what about your tongue? Often, people ignore the tongue when they care for their smiles. However, by using a tongue scraper, you can help improve your oral health (and your breath).
Frequently Asked Questions About Cleaning Your Tongue
Question: Why does our tongue need scraping?
Answer: Over time, bacteria can lead to buildup on our teeth. Known as plaque, this buildup can lead to a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Likewise, bacteria can also lead to buildup on the tongue. Bacteria can produce violate sulfur compounds which make bad breath more likely. However, by taking steps to clean your tongue when you rush your teeth, you can enjoy fresher breath and a healthier smile.
Question: Where do I find a tongue scraper?
Answer: You can usually purchase them at any store that sells oral hygiene supplies, such as toothbrushes and floss. For added convenience, we also sell them at our office. We believe they are a very necessary tool for keeping a heathy smile.
Question: Why can’t I just use a toothbrush?
Answer: You can use a toothbrush, however, the results may not be the same. In 2004, the Journal of Periodontology decided to test this. Their results found that using a toothbrush to clean the tongue reduced the amount of volatile compounds on the tongue by 45%. Sounds good, until you consider that the same study revealed using a tongue scraper reduce those volatile compounds on the tongue by a whopping 75%.
Ready to See Your Dentist?
If you have questions about tongue scraping/cleaning, then let us know! Our Dallas, TX office welcomes patients from North Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts District, Kessler Park, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, and nearby cities. Our Richardson, TX office welcomes patients from North Dallas, Plano, Garland, and the surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).