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Should You Add A Tongue Scraper To Your Oral Regiment?

July 22, 2019

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Oral hygiene is just as important as taking care of any other part of our body. Yet it is often overlooked. 31.6% percent of adults aged 20–44 and 18.6% percent of children aged 5–19 years have untreated dental caries. Simply brushing your teeth and using mouthwash doesn’t cut it. A tongue scraper is an integral part which should be incorporated in our routines.

Our tongues end up collecting bacteria on the tiny bumps of our tongue called papillae, which are responsible for making us feel different tastes and textures. Removing the plaque and cleaning the tongue is a necessity to avoid bad breath and buildup.

Cleaning your tongue daily, brushing, eating a healthy meal, and visiting the dentist regularly is always recommended for a healthy and optimum dental routine.

We’ve listed down a few points as to why a tongue scraper is equally important as brushing.

Improves Taste Buds

Your tongue will start feeling sensations better and be able to distinguish between different flavors like sour, salty and sweet. It will open the pores of the tongue and give the taste buds more exposure to enjoy foods and drinks.

Reduces Bad Breath

Researchers in a 2004 study found scraping to be a better alternative and more effective in countering halitosis than brushing. That isn’t to say you should forego brushing—that’s imperative to keep your teeth and gums healthy; just that you should consider adding tongue scraping to your oral health routine.

The buildup on the tongue leads to a foul smell which can be unpleasant. Most of the bad breath tends to come from the back of the tongue and tongue scraping can reach all the crevices to get rid of the bacteria.


Bad breath can also end up affecting a person’s self-esteem and relationships negatively.

Improves Immunity

When the toxins and bacteria are scraped off the tongue, it stops the bacteria from getting reabsorbed back into the body, making you healthier.

How do you use it?

Tongue scraping devices do the job of scraping out all the bacteria and dirt. Most devices are made of stainless steel, plastic and copper.

Stick the tongue out. Using light pressure, use the scraper along the surface of the tongue. It should remove most dirt. Do this twice a day.

At Image Dental and Orthodontics, we take pride in offering complete dental services to give you a healthy and beautiful smile! Our top dentists in Las Vegas provide dental fillings and the best teeth whitening. Give us a call on 702 803 1787 to book your appointment.   

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