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Bye, Bye Bacteria: The Benefits of Tongue Scrapers

By Steven Kail on May 06, 2017


Close-up of a woman using a tongue scraperYou brush and floss religiously after every meal, using the techniques you picked up during your appointments at Premier Dental Center. You’ve visited our practice at least twice a year as recommended by the American Dental Association for thorough oral exams and professional cleanings. You undergo routine general dentistry work and, at the first sign of potential problems, any necessary restorative dentistry treatments. When it comes to your oral health, you truly are on top of things.

So is there anything else you could possibly be doing? Actually, there is. You could incorporate the ancient practice of tongue scraping into your oral hygiene regimen.

While it may be tempting to dismiss tongue scraping as just the latest trend in holistic medicine, there are solid scientific principles behind the practice, not to mention many proven benefits of tongue scrapers. Our Jackson, TN dentists wholly encourage patients to invest the $7 or so that it costs to invest in a good tongue scraper and try this practice out for themselves. They may just find that it improves not only their oral health, but also their overall quality of life.

Speaking of improving your oral health and your quality of life, we also encourage you to schedule a consultation with one of our esteemed dentists at Premier Dental Center today.

Tongue Scraping: What’s In It for You?

Your teeth and gums are not the only tissues in your mouth where bacteria like to reside. They also like to take refuge on your tongue. You may think that you are giving them the heave-ho by brushing your tongue with your toothbrush; however, unlike your teeth, your tongue is extremely soft and porous, giving bacteria plenty of spots in which to hide. The relatedly soft bristles of a toothbrush simply won’t have much of an effect on the bacteria on your tongue. You need a stronger weapon, which a tongue scraper will provide.

Through the use of a tongue scraper, you can:

  • Remove debris from your taste buds: That’s right. You may not realize it, but there is a layer of bacteria and other debris that is currently separating your taste buds from the foods and beverages you love most. This means that you aren’t really enjoying those foods and beverages to the fullest. If you happen to be a foodie, using a tongue scraper could be the greatest addition you’ve ever made to your daily routine.
  • Improve your digestion: Studies have shown that proper taste is essential to proper digestion. Therefore, removing that layer of bacteria and debris from your tongue will aid in your ability to digest foods.
  • Have nicer breath: One of the core causes of bad breath is the bacteria that reside on the tongue. While that isn’t always the only cause, getting rid of that layer of bacteria can only help to freshen your breath.
  • Help to prevent gum disease and tooth decay: The bacteria on your tongue won’t necessarily stay put. They can spread to your gums and teeth, contributing to gum disease and tooth decay.

Learn More about the Benefits of Tongue Scrapers

To learn more about the benefits of tongue scrapers, please contact Premier Dental Center today.

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