At our Charleston, SC practice, we offer a wide range of restorative dentistry treatments, and we are always ready to repair or replace damaged teeth. Despite this, our number one objective is to prevent such damage from ever happening in the first place. When you come in for your routine visits, we will teach you about the most effective ways to clean and care for your teeth. While we will stress the importance of brushing, flossing, and dental visits, tongue scraping is another important habit. With its large, porous surface, your tongue can easily trap harmful bacteria. By regularly cleaning it with a tongue scraper, you could enjoy improved oral and even systemic health.
There are several ways that you can clean your tongue. Perhaps the most common method - and one you may already use - is to brush it with your toothbrush. However, your toothbrush is designed for an entirely different function. The soft bristles cannot effectively target all of the tiny fissures and indentations on your tongue.
In fact, one study in the Journal of Periodontology reported that a toothbrush only removed 45 of sulfur compounds, but a scraper effectively removed 75 percent. Alternatively, you could use a toothbrush with a special tongue cleaning function. Studies indicate that this method is just as effective as a scraper.
Tongue scrapers are slowly gaining recognition as people learn about their importance in preventative dentistry. Nonetheless, like many patients, you may not know the proper ways to use these tools. Fortunately, the process is quick and easy to incorporate into your daily routine.
Simply move the tool over the entire surface of your tongue, starting at the back and moving forward. Rinse off the scraper after each stroke. Be sure to address the sides of your tongue, as well. When you are finished, rinse both the tool and your mouth with water. For best results, use your tongue scraper first thing upon waking each morning.
Because the tongue is such a haven for bacteria, scraping can have numerous benefits:
When you visit our office, we will provide complete care to ensure lifelong oral wellness. To schedule your routine cleaning and to learn more about proper dental care, contact Dr. Rink’s office today.