Tongue Scraping – What is it? Why Do it? How To Do It?
We’ve all learned from a young age that regularly brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash is the best way to ensure your teeth and gums are clean and healthy. While this advice is 100% true, there’s a major part of your mouth that is being neglected: the tongue. That’s why we advise our patients to add tongue scraping to their cleaning routine. Although it may sound a bit intimidating, we promise that scraping your tongue is quick, painless, and has a ton of health benefits.
A Few Reasons Why You Should Be Scraping Your Tongue
Improved Oral Health: If not cleaned regularly, various particles and dead cells can become trapped in the tiny gaps in between your taste buds, turning you tongue into a breeding ground for bacteria, fungus, and other toxins. It’s these substances that are largely responsible for plaque, tooth decay, and gum disease so removing them is critical to protecting your pearly-whites. Fights Bad Breath: According to the American Dental Association, bad breath affects nearly 50% of the adult population. For many, the underlying cause is an abundance of bacteria on the tongue. Tongue scraping is an easy, effective way to remove much of this bacteria and it will save you money on breath mints. Improved Taste and Digestion: During each meal, tiny food and drink particles get trapped on your tongue. If not removed, those particles will build up over time, eventually coating your tongue with a bacteria-laden film. This film becomes a barrier between your taste buds and your food, meaning you are less able to fully experience the flavors of what you are eating. Plus, scraping your tongue promotes saliva production, which aids in digestion.