Tongue scraping, while it isn’t apart of most people’s oral routine, can be quite beneficial in reducing your oral bacteria count and helping to freshen your breath, for instance.
But whether or not it should be a part of your daily oral hygiene routine is what many question.
So, should I use a tooth scraper?
If having proper oral health is something you admire, then yes, using a tongue scraper could greatly help to remove excess bacteria buildup on your tongue, and in turn, reduce your chances of developing cavities, bad breath, and gum disease for instance.
But would if I already brush my tongue with my toothbrush? Should I still use a tongue scraper?
You may think a toothbrush is a great replacement for a tongue scraper, but surprisingly, dental research was done on this matter and found that tongue scrapers are more efficient than a toothbrush at removing bacteria and toxins on the tongue.
For this reason, using both a toothbrush and a tongue scraper would definitely be helpful for your oral standing to ensure that both of the tools successfully remove much of the bacteria your tongue acquires.
Some toothbrushes, though, do include a rubbery, bumpy tongue scrubber on the back on the head of the brush, however, this is not the same as a tongue scraper which has handles and a thin, metal band to physically scrape bacteria off of the tongue.
Tongue scrubbers could also be beneficial to get deep into the crevices of the tongue, though, not in the same way as tongue scrapers.
What else is beneficial about using a tongue scraper?
- Prevents plaque buildup, and in turn, tartar buildup
- Prevents tooth loss
- Keeps the gums strong and healthy to reduce risk of gum recession
- Reduces chances of gum infection
- Activates saliva production when using
- Boosts your immune system
- Removes toxic buildup to allow taste buds to taste better
How to use a tongue scraper:
Tongue scrapers are pretty easy to use. Using the tongue scraper once each morning after you wake up, and before you eat breakfast, is the perfect time of day to scrape your tongue. The tongue scraper tool is typically shaped like a U-shape to make for easy use for handling.
Starting as far back on the tongue as possible, lightly yet firmly scrape your tongue to the tip, repeating this process 5-10 times per session. Rinse after each and every scrape.
If you don’t have one of these tools, you can find them online, in health food stores, or in some convenience stores on the oral hygiene aisle for an affordable price.
They’re beneficial, easy to use, and simple to clean after each use. Using the edge of a spoon could also work temporarily, though tongue scrapers are much more effective in removing bacteria buildup.